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Utah Recycler Abandons Millions of Pounds of Toxic e-Waste

Church of Latter-day Saints is Source of Much of the Waste

Seattle, WA and Utah | November 6th, 2014

Stone Castle Recycling, previously one of Utah’s largest recyclers of electronic waste, has abandoned its three facilities and the owner is missing. The company has ceased all operations and has left behind several warehouses and yards filled with an estimated 7,600 tons of toxic electronic wastes and charred residues. According to US EPA representatives in Denver, the owner and CEO of Stone Castle, Anthony (Tony) Stoddard, has simply disappeared and is now being actively pursued by law enforcement authorities.

Read the Media Press Release - 11-6-14

178 Countries Agree to Allow the Ban on Exports of Toxic Wastes to Developing Countries to Become Law

Cartagena, Colombia | October 21st, 2011

In a major breakthrough decision at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention, 178 Parties agreed to allow an early entry into force of law of the Basel Ban Amendment which prohibits all exports of hazardous wastes, including electronic wastes and old obsolete ships from developed to developing countries. The deal was brokered by Indonesia and Switzerland and was strongly promoted by the developing countries, China, the European Union and Non-Governmental Organizations including Greenpeace, the Center for International Environmental Law, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking and the Basel Action Network.

Read the Media Press Release - 10-21-11

Scrap Industry E-Waste Export Claims “Sadly Mistaken”

BAN Calls ISRI Electronics Recycling Study Interpretation Irresponsible

Seattle, WA. | October 17th, 2011

A recent claim by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries that e-waste exportation from the US to developing countries is no longer a problem is “sadly mistaken” according to the toxic trade watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN).  BAN claims that ISRI first obtained badly compromised data from the study and then manipulated that to make their case, rather than report what is obvious to everyone in the business and in journalism who has seen the global e-waste dumping grounds in China, Nigeria, India, Ghana and elsewhere.

Read the Media Press Release - 10-17-11

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


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