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Matson Agrees to Stop Sending its Old Ships to the “Killing Beaches” of South Asia

Environmental Groups Blow Whistle on Ship Now Being Towed from Texas to India

Seattle, WA. | September 22nd, 2015

Following an alarm raised by the environmental justice organization Basel Action Network (BAN), the shipping company, Matson, Inc. (MATX) agreed to prohibit scrapping its vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the future. While the decision does not address the HORIZON TRADER – an old Matson vessel now on its way to India, it is significant, as 23 vessels in the Matson fleet will require scrapping in the next few years.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-22-15

Watchdog Groups Ask Basel Convention to Examine Canada’s Non-Compliance in Philippines Household Waste Dumping Case

Seattle, WA. Manila, Philippines. | July 27th, 2015

The international Basel Action Network (BAN) based in Seattle, and Ban Toxics based in the Philippines have submitted a formal letter requesting the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to invoke formal proceedings on the matter of Canada’s unwillingness to perform their Basel Convention obligations after Canada allowed the dumping of more than 100 containers of Canadian household waste on the territory of the Philippines.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-27-15

Fire Destroys Warehouse of Massachusetts e-Waste Exporter

Old Televisions and Computer Monitors Go Up in Smoke

Brockton, Mass. | July 15th, 2015

In the early evening of July 11, CRT Recycling Inc. (CRTR)[1], a Brockton, Massachusetts company well known for taking obsolete televisions and computer monitors from New England area businesses, residences, and schools, experienced a four-alarm fire in its warehouse. Consumed in the blaze were thousands of stockpiled Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) computer monitors and TVs[X] stored both outside and inside CRTR’s warehouse. The State Fire Marshall’s office has determined that the fire was ignited intentionally.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-15-15

California Electronics Recycling Firm Executive Charged with Criminal Trafficking

E-World's Customers include Sony, Samsung, NEC, FedEx Kinko, Hitachi, Waste Management

June 4th, 2015

According to court records from the Federal District Court in San Diego, Mr. Robert Erie, CEO of E-World Recyclers, LLC of Vista, CA was criminally indicted in December of 2014 by a Grand Jury for conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, falsifying records, and lying to the government. He was subsequently arrested, released on bail, and pled guilty to the charges. The case is still pending a final judgement.

Read the Media Press Release - 6-4-15

More Canadian Garbage Found Illegally Dumped in the Philippines

48 New Containers Came from Same Exporter as Canada Refuses to Prosecute

Quezon City, Philippines | May 22nd, 2015

Following a new discovery in the Port of Manila of yet another 48 containers of rotting household garbage illegally exported from Canada, environmental justice groups BAN Toxics (BT), Seattle based Basel Action Network (BAN), and Greenpeace Philippines strongly condemned the Canadian government for “callous disregard of international law”.

Read the Media Press Release - 5-22-15


The Big Break - CBC Shipbreaking Documentary Site

Order Our Films! - The Digital Dump and Exporting Harm

BAN Report: The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa

BAN Report: Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia

Global Toxics Report Card: Country by Country Report on Ratifications of 4 International Toxics Treaties

Interview: Jim Puckett, BAN coordinator on National Public Radio

BAN Briefing Papers: BAN's Fact Sheets on Toxic Trade Issues

Article: "Recycling: No Excuse for Environmental Injustice"

Books Describing the Disturbing Side of the Electronics Industry and featuring BAN's work