Plastic is still fantastic, despite the trade and environmental headaches, insists e-scrap plastics expert Craig Thompson. But we need to process more at home rather than relying on unsustainable export markets. ‘If they are not doing so already, businesses involved in e-scrap worldwide will have to reshape.’Read More
For over two decades, many developed countries have sent massive amounts of plastic wastes to China for recycling.
But that option is drying up following a Chinese ban on rubbish imports this year, forcing countries, particularly developed nations, to seriously rethink how to process their unwanted materials - a question that have been dodged for many years.Read More
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eyeing to take legal action against the “importers” of purportedly recyclable materials, which turned out to be mixed garbage containing hazardous wastes from South Korea.Read More
The European Commission has published a notice to stakeholders that states all exports of waste for disposal and the export of mixed municipal waste for recovery from the EU-27 to the UK will be prohibited if the UK exits the EU with “no deal”.Read More
A group of environmentalists on Wednesday urged the government to go after public officials and other people responsible in the smuggled garbage shipment from South Korea which arrived at a Mindanao port five months ago.Read More
Federal prosecutors from the US Justice Department and the Criminal Investigation Division of the EPA have charged Seattle-based electronics recycler Total Reclaim with conspiracy to commit wire fraud for falsely claiming to their many customers-including the City of Seattle, University of Washington, and a consortium of electronics manufacturers-that they never exported hazardous electronic waste to developing countries. For their fraud, practiced for many years, they are expected to plead guilty on Friday and will be sentenced in February.
A Canadian e-scrap operator has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Basel Action Network (BAN) after the Seattle-based watchdog group accused the business of exporting electronics to developing nations.
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A police raid on the Wai Mei Dat Thai Recycling factory, 100km east of Bangkok last month revealed a shocking find. The 40-acre complex was laden with huge piles of electronic waste – keyboards, motherboards, electrical wires, computer screens and smartphone batteries, just to name a few.Read More
As Robert Reed examines a mountain of trash piled three storeys high, a thin white plastic bag catches his eye. He fishes it out and holds it up. “That is a problem plastic,” he says gravely. “These get stuck in the machines, and there is no market for them.” He gives it a little wave and lets it float back down on to the heap.Read More
As much as 55 million tons of computers, TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators and more are discarded annually worldwide. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has proposed regulations that would strengthen U.S. government oversight of discarded electronic waste exports due to national security concerns. Photo:Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com.Read More
Since 2008, Samsung has been a strong supporter of recycling by providing convenient and responsible takeback options for consumer electronics globally. In a new initiative with our partner – Basel Action Network (BAN), we are adopting BAN’s EarthEye™ service – a global GPS based tracking system for electronic waste.
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The global waste watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN) released its findings today of a year-long study that involved placing GPS trackers hidden inside of 43 pieces of computing equipment and then, mimicking the expected actions of Canadian consumers, handing them over to official collection depots and processors across Canada. BAN then monitored the devices, tracking some of them offshore to Asia.
E-Scrap News - Latest GPS tracking report charts Canadian exports
The Recycler - Canada condemned for e-waste exports
The Basel Action Network (BAN) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association for Information Destruction® (NAID®) to require all current and future e-Stewards® Certified Recyclers in all of their facilities to also become NAID AAA Certified for Electronic Media. For their part, NAID will grant e-Stewards "Network Participant" status, which includes discounts on consultation, training, marketing, and initiation fees.Read More