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California’s E-Waste Ending Up in Toxic Mountain of Junk In Arizona

June 13th, 2014

California has the strictest e-waste laws in the nation, but a KPIX5 investigation discovered the strict laws have led to dumping our electronic junk in someone else’s back yard, causing serious damage.

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First Federal Criminal Charges Brought Against Recycler for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

Global Dumping Exposed by Environmentalists and CBS’s 60 Minutes

Denver, CO. | September 16th, 2011

After 30 months of investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and EPA Criminal Investigation Division handed down multiple criminal charges today against two executives of Executive Recycling Inc., a Denver, Colorado electronics recycling firm.  The government first became aware of the alleged violations following an investigation by the Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle based organization dedicated to combating toxic trade.  The investigation became highly publicized after BAN worked with CBS’s 60 Minutes news magazine in an episode entitled “The Wasteland.”  It is the first instance that criminal charges have been brought against an e-waste exporter.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-16-11

LG Electronics Commits to Using the Most Responsible e-Waste Solution Worldwide

Global Electronics Giant Becomes First Global e-Stewards® Enterprise

Seattle, WA. | July 26th, 2011

The non-profit Basel Action Network (BAN) and LG Electronics today announced that LG Electronics Inc. is the first “Global e-Stewards Enterprise,” a company committed to responsible recycling of its electronic waste and choosing to use e-Stewards® Certified electronics recyclers worldwide.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-26-11

Federal E-Waste Effort Gets Mixed Reaction from Environmental Coalition

Fails to Stem the 'Toxic Tide' of computers dumped in developing countries

San Francisco, CA. | July 20th, 2011

An Interagency Task Force – chaired by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration, today released “A National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.” The report makes a variety of important recommendations to promote green design of electronics, and to improve handling of e-waste coming from federal agencies. According to environmental groups, the report has some good recommendations on green design and on using certified recyclers, but it completely fails to address what is generally recognized as the most serious e-waste problem – e-waste exporting to developing countries.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-20-11

Ship Sinking Programs Waste Taxpayer Dollars, Squander Valuable Resources, Jobs And Pollute The Sea

New Report calls for an end to Dumping Government Ships at Sea

Seattle, WA | July 18th, 2011

A new report, “Dishonorable Disposal,” by the Basel Action Network (BAN), and subsequent investigation by The Washington Post, uncovers the wasteful legacy of the U.S. Navy’s ship sinking programs. This first-ever comprehensive analysis of ship ocean disposal by way of target practice exercise or “artificial reefing,” cites new toxicological data demonstrating contamination of seafood, and an economic analysis revealing lost recycling jobs, wasted taxpayer dollars, and squandered resources at the center of the government’s ship disposal program.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-18-11

Environmnetal groups petition EPA to end Navy ship dumping program

Target Practice Sinkings Violate Environmental Laws and Squander Valuable Resources

Seattle, WA. | July 12th, 2011

An administrative petition to put a halt to the Navy’s practice of sinking contaminated old vessels in the high seas as part of target practice exercises known as SINKEX was filed today by the Basel Action Network (BAN) and the Sierra Club.

The petition, directed to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, alleges that the decommissioned ships used by the Navy contain a host of toxic materials including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that pose serious threats to the marine environment when sunk. The legal action is timely as the Navy recently announced plans to extend the SINKEX program to the Gulf of Alaska, one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, including commercially important fisheries such as crab, cod, salmon and halibut.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-12-11


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