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Michigan Broker Pleads Guilty to Export of e-Waste

March 19th, 2015

Please find the latest federal enforcement action against an e-Waste trader. The trader pled guilty to being involved in exporting falsely represented CRTs to China. He appears to have been a broker and not associated with any one recycling firm. He faces a maximum penalty of $250,000 and 5 years in jail. BAN applauds this federal action to enforce even our inadequate laws to prevent unsustainable and damaging e-waste exports.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-19-15

e-Stewards® Certification Will Now Include R2 Practices

3 Electronics Recycling Certifications (ISO 14001, R2 and e-Stewards) for the Price of One

Seattle, Washington | March 1st, 2012

The Basel Action Network (BAN), the owner of the e-Stewards® Certification for electronics recyclers, announced today that it has included the R2 (Responsible Recycling) Practices, developed earlier by an Environmental Protection Agency sponsored multi-stakeholder process, into the more comprehensive e-Stewards Standard. Already, e-Stewards certifications require adherence to and deliver the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification. Effective immediately, the same will now be true for R2.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-1-12

San Francisco Joins Global Effort to Tackle Electronic Waste

Major City and County Recognized as an "e-Stewards Enterprise"

Seattle, Washington | February 23rd, 2012

The Basel Action Network ( BAN ) announced today that the City and County of San Francisco have achieved the status of “e-Stewards Enterprise.” The designation recognizes cities, counties and companies that take concrete measures to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste (e-waste) to developing countries by using Certified e-Stewards® Recyclers to manage their electronic waste.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-23-12

Exxon Mobil Scraps U.S. Jobs and the Environment by Sending Its Old Tankers To Asia

Sister Ship of Exxon Valdez exported to China

Seattle, Washington | February 23rd, 2012

On January 31, Texas-based Exxon Mobil and its wholly owned subsidiary SeaRiver Maritime sold the S/R Long Beach, a 1987 U.S. built single-hulled tanker (sister ship to the notorious Exxon Valdez) to a Chinese shipbreaking facility. Exxon’s move to dismantle the Long Beach in Asia is at odds with their December 2011 decision to recycle another tanker, the S/R Wilmington, in Brownsville, Texas. That earlier decision was applauded by domestic industry and environmental organizations alike for creating green recycling jobs in the U.S. while also remaining consistent with the decisions of the United Nation’s Basel Convention, which prohibits the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. Old tankers contain many toxic materials and are usually deemed as hazardous waste under international law.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-23-12

113 Containers of Toxic Waste Arrives at Indonesian Port

Groups Call for Ratification of Basel Ban and Crackdown on Global Dumping

Jakarta, Indonesia | February 9th, 2012

On the heels of massive quantities of toxic wastes arriving at the Jakarta Tanjung Priok Port last week, environmental groups led by Indonesia Toxics-Free Network, the Basel Action Network, Ban Toxics, and BaliFokus condemned the illegal trade and urged world governments that have not already done so to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment and to enforce the Basel Convention as a matter of urgency.

Read the Media Press Release - 2-9-12

NGO Releases 2011 List Of Top EU Companies Sending Toxic Ships To South Asia

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform calls on the EU Commission to act and prevent toxic waste trade of European end-of-life ships

Brussels | January 16th, 2012

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of human rights, labour rights and environmental organisations working on the shipbreaking issue, has released its third yearly list of European companies that have sent end-of-life ships to the infamous scrap beaches of South Asia. The European Waste Shipment Regulation – which incorporates international law such as the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes – prohibits European Union Member States from exporting hazardous wastes, including those present in the structure of ships to developing countries. Still, the vast majority of European shipping companies continue to avoid the costs of proper disposal by selling their ships to South Asian breaking yards known for the lack of enforcement of environmental and labour laws, exposing some of the poorest communities to extremely dangerous working conditions and severe pollution.

Read the Media Press Release - 1-16-12

BAN'S 2012 ANNUAL REPORT
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The Big Break - CBC Shipbreaking Documentary Site

Order Our Films! - The Digital Dump and Exporting Harm

BAN Report: The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa

BAN Report: Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia

Global Toxics Report Card: Country by Country Report on Ratifications of 4 International Toxics Treaties

Interview: Jim Puckett, BAN coordinator on National Public Radio

BAN Briefing Papers: BAN's Fact Sheets on Toxic Trade Issues

Article: "Recycling: No Excuse for Environmental Injustice"

Books Describing the Disturbing Side of the Electronics Industry and featuring BAN's work