E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity

E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity

The police raid on a junkyard on the outskirts of Bangkok had all the trappings of a drug bust. Swarming onto the open-air property in late May, officers from the Royal Thai Police found undocumented workers from Laos and Myanmar engaged in dangerous work that exposed them to blasts of toxic fumes and dust — a common hazard on the lowest rung of their illegal and booming international trade. The products these workers handled, however, were not heroin or methamphetamines but vast piles of discarded computers, electrical wires and circuit boards. And it’s very likely that much of this electronic waste came from one of the world’s biggest producers: the United States.

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China’s solid waste ban clogs Southeast Asia

China’s solid waste ban clogs Southeast Asia

China has been the world's largest importer of recyclable materials since the 1980s. In 2017, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced an import ban of 24 types of solid waste (later updated to 32 types) including unsorted wastepaper, textiles and plastics. The secondary raw material harvested from the imported waste is expected to be replaced by domestic resources. The import ban is to be implemented in two tiers, with the first 16 types of waste banned by the end of 2018, and the remaining types banned by 2020. On 29 June, China limited the entry points for imported waste into the country to 18 designated river and sea ports, effective 1 January, 2019.

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ERI Becomes First Electronics Recycler to Adopt Basel Action Network’s EarthEye e-waste Tracking System

July 11, 2018. New York City, NY. Seattle, WA. ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has announced that it has become the recycling industry’s first adopter of Basel Action Network’s (BAN’s) innovative new EarthEye tracking system.  

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Known Violator of Hong Kong Environmental Laws is a Tenant at Hong Kong's EcoPark

Known Violator of Hong Kong Environmental Laws is a Tenant at Hong Kong's EcoPark

Seattle, WA. Hong Kong. July 4, 2018. In a short report released today by the Basel Action Network (BAN), based on research conducted with the HK01 News agency, serious questions are raised as to why a known violator of Hong Kong's Waste Disposal Ordinance's import rules -- e-Tech Management, has been admitted to, and remains as a tenant at, Hong Kong's environmental showcase -- the EcoPark.

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【01跨國追蹤】億達屢入口有毒電子廢料 政協老闆任環保署公職

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Thailand: Just the First Country to be Hit by the Coming Tidal Wave of Western Waste

Thailand: Just the First Country to be Hit by the Coming Tidal Wave of Western Waste

June 26, 2018. Seattle, WA. The Basel Action Network (BAN) today warned South and Southeast Asian nations that they will become the next after Thailand to be hit by a tidal wave of electronic and plastic wastes if they don't move to ban the import of such wastes by ratifying an international agreement called the Basel Ban Amendment. The Ban Amendment would amend the existing Basel Convention, now agreed by 194 countries, to make it illegal to export hazardous wastes such as electronic wastes (e-waste) for any reason from developed countries of the OECD and EU blocs to developing countries. 

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BAN calls on Thailand and all Asian countries to ratify Global e-Waste Dumping Ban

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BAN Teams-Up with Dell to Track Electronic Waste

BAN Teams-Up with Dell to Track Electronic Waste

June 19, 2018. Seattle, WA. Austin, TX. Basel Action Network (BAN) has teamed up with Dell to use GPS trackers to verify where used Dell electronic scrap goes once it is collected from Dell’s U.S. consumer takeback programs. In this pilot project, announced today in Dell's 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Dell will be sending 40 electronic devices containing hidden trackers into their U.S. consumer disposition stream. Of these, 30 will be arranged by Dell and 10 provided to BAN to deploy independently. All of this is being done to see if things end up where they are supposed to -- in accordance with the law and Dell's strict no-export of e-waste policy

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Waste Tourism: Is Thailand Becoming the New e-Waste Dumping Ground?

Waste Tourism: Is Thailand Becoming the New e-Waste Dumping Ground?

May 24, 2018. Seattle, WA. For the last two decades, China was the world's primary e-waste dumping ground.  Now, however, as China has closed down its polluting and dangerous “backyard” recycling facilities and cracked down on waste imports of all kinds, that distinction appears to have migrated to Thailand and perhaps other Southeast Asia and South Asian nations.

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EARTH DAY BEGINS IN YOUR DRAWER or CLOSET

Many of us have old phones lying in our drawers or old computers in our closet.  All of us know that we should recycle these, right?  But this Earth Day, be forewarned!  Not all electronics recyclers are what you think. According to a recent study entitled Scam Recycling using GPS trackers conducted by the Basel Action Network (BAN), many so-called electronics recyclers don't actually recycle your electronics -- but simply ship it off to developing countries.  There it is likely to be processed by poorly protected workers engaged in smashing and burning your old equipment in highly polluting "backyard" operations.

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In My Opinion: Addressing Reactions To E-Scrap Tracking

E-Scrap News has now published responses from five of the six companies named in Basel Action Network's latest export report.

To be clear, in our first GPS tracking report, "Scam Recycling," we endeavored to distribute our trackers statistically in accordance with the existent proportion of R2, e-Stewards, and uncertified companies so we could assess the relative percentage of companies found within export chains within each category.

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Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find "Certified Fake Recyclers" in Texas, Georgia and Florida Sending e-Waste to Asia

Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find "Certified Fake Recyclers" in Texas, Georgia and Florida Sending e-Waste to Asia

Following their 2016 exposé entitled "Scam Recycling" which employed 205 GPS tracking devices placed inside electronic waste to find out what happens to it, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has released the latest findings using GPS tracking in a short 18-page report. Their most recent data reveals 6 more instances of exports to developing countries involving 6 new companies, as well as the City of Houston. Most of these companies make public claims on their websites of never allowing the electronics they process to be exported to developing countries. Further, four of the companies are Certified to R2 which stands for Responsible Recycling. 

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In My Opinion: Real data to solve a real problem

In My Opinion: Real data to solve a real problem

In his Sept. 14 op-ed piece, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) Executive Director John Lingelbach expresses the belief that Basel Action Network’s (BAN) publishing of export tracking data, including the names of companies that handled each tracker in its chain of export, is irresponsible without extensive and costly investigations completed prior to release of data.

Beck, Scott. “In My Opinion: Real Data to Solve a Real Problem.” E-Scrap, E-Scrap News, 5 Oct. 2017, resource-recycling.com/e-scrap/2017/10/05/opinion-real-data-solve-real-problem/.

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New Program to Provide Low-Cost, Ethically Refurbished Computers to Digitally Disadvantaged Students and Families

New Program to Provide Low-Cost, Ethically Refurbished Computers to Digitally Disadvantaged Students and Families

Orlando, Florida; Seattle, Washington. September 19, 2017. The electronics recycling and refurbishment certification program known as e-Stewards® today announced a new "digital equity" program designed to channel computer equipment from large corporations and institutions to needy individuals and communities across North America. 

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Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find More Fake Electronics Recyclers Sending e-Waste to Asia

Watchdog Group's GPS Trackers Find More Fake Electronics Recyclers  Sending e-Waste to Asia

Following their exposé last year entitled "Scam Recycling" employing 205 GPS tracking devices placed inside electronic waste to find out what happens to it, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has released new findings in a short 15 page report. Their most recent data reveals 16 more instances of exports to developing countries involving 7 companies, most of which make public claims of never allowing the electronics they process to be exported.

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