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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

Protest over Canada’s garbage dumped in Philippines brought to the UN in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland | May 14th, 2015

International environmental organisations brought their protest against Canada for their refusal to take back the 50 shipment containers filled with household waste dumped in the Philippines almost two years ago, raised the matter at a high-level meeting of the Basel Convention and marched from that meeting to the Permanent Mission of Canada, in Geneva, Switzerland

Read the Media Press Release - 5-14-15

Egregious Acts of Electronics Recycler Negligence by Stone Castle Recycling

Salt Lake Tribune Publishes In-Depth Stories following BAN Reports

April 8th, 2015

Please find links to interesting reporting on yet another irresponsible recycler – Stone Castle Recycling, and their enablers in Utah.

Read the Media Press Release - 4-8-15

Canada Condemned for Ignoring Legal Obligations in Philippines Waste Dumping Case

March 31st, 2015

The international waste trade watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN) and their Philippines-based affiliate organization BAN Toxics strongly condemned the Canadian government today for violating the Basel Convention by refusing to repatriate more than 50 40-foot intermodal containers, each filled with household trash that were illegally exported from Canada almost two years ago.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-31-15

Michigan Broker Pleads Guilty to Export of e-Waste

March 19th, 2015

Please find the latest federal enforcement action against an e-Waste trader. The trader pled guilty to being involved in exporting falsely represented CRTs to China. He appears to have been a broker and not associated with any one recycling firm. He faces a maximum penalty of $250,000 and 5 years in jail. BAN applauds this federal action to enforce even our inadequate laws to prevent unsustainable and damaging e-waste exports.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-19-15

e-Stewards Launches Unannounced Verification Inspections for Certified Electronics Recyclers

First Random On-the-Spot Visits to Begin in May

Seattle, WA. | March 5th, 2015

Basel Action Network (BAN) announced today a new <em>Performance Verification</em> (PV) initiative to increase rigor and confidence among stakeholders in its e-Stewards&reg; certification program, already considered to be the “gold standard” for responsible recyclers of electronics worldwide. The PV will involve random unannounced on-site facility inspections to verify ongoing day-to-day performance is meeting the e-Stewards Standard. The inspections will be in addition to the normal, prescribed yearly scheduled 3rd party audits accomplished by accredited certification bodies.

Read the Media Press Release - 3-5-15


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