An e-scrap processor is refuting allegations by Basel Action Network that the company shipped a broken monitor to Asia.
Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle-based watchdog group, released a report last month naming six e-scrap companies it said were involved in exporting scrap printers and LCD monitors to China, Pakistan and the Philippines. Several of the named processors have issued statements in response to the report, which is part of BAN’s project to embed tracking units in devices and follow their digital trails.
The latest to respond is Georgia-based Allied Ecovery. BAN’s report states an LCD monitor was dropped off at the company’s Taccoa, Ga. location in July 2017. It was exported and arrived in the Philippines in September, according to the report.
Allied Ecovery President Kevin Gong released the following statement to E-Scrap News:
“We test all incoming LCD monitors and record the barcodes of all tested working LCDs. We dismantle all tested non-working and non re-marketable LCDs in-house without recording barcodes, and separate them into plastics, metals, wire, circuit boards and lamps. All commodities are marketed to audited downstream partners. We recycle the lamps in [the U.S.] at a cost. We bale plastics (mostly LCD casings) and sell it to a U.S.-based buyer who exports the plastics, but this is not a focus material, as boards and metals are removed prior to baling.
“The tracking device (which we have not trained our employees to look for) might have been mixed with the baled plastics for sale to our broker and exported. It could be that BAN was tracking a load of ABS plastics sent for recycling.”
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