A Midwest electronics recycling executive lied to clients to generate large sums of money and used company funds for gambling and other personal expenses, according to court documents.
The e-Stewards standard and certification program announced details today on a plan to regularly use GPS tracking devices as an enforcement and verification tool. This announcement comes on the heels of the Basel Action Network’s controversial e-scrap tracking study that also used GPS devices.
The majority of certified e-scrap processing facilities are located in the U.S., but for both R2 and e-Stewards, there has recently been a notable uptick in international action.
The industry watchdog group BAN recently found certified processing companies exporting non-functional electronics. Leaders of certified firms, however, say the impact of environmental standards remains strong.
Last year, in the pages of E-Scrap News, the Basel Action Network (BAN) called out a growing trend of waste trade denial. Josh Lepawsky, co-author of a study we critiqued for diminishing the significance of e-waste export from developed to developing countries, responded in the December 2015 E-Scrap News magazine with a critique of his own.
After a long-simmering defamation lawsuit was dismissed this month, the Basel Action Network has gone on the offensive. A report released by BAN today indicates Intercon Solutions, a Chicago-area processor that appears to be inactive, exported at least 167 containers of scrap material to Hong Kong and other Asian ports between 2010 and 2011.