A major e-scrap processor that was recently called out by the Basel Action Network for improper export activities has questioned the watchdog’s allegations.
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.
Seattle-based Total Reclaim says it will appeal a penalty imposed by the Washington Department of Ecology for improper shipments of material.
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 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 Illinois Senate has passed a resolution pushing the Basel Action Network and the e-Stewards Leadership Council to approve a petition from Kuusakoski Recycling that would allow the firm to store treated CRT glass at a landfill and count it as recycling.
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.
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 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.
Even though we can’t see the “cloud” in cloud computing, we can see the environmental effects, according to one blogger.