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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

Following Watchdog Efforts, e-Waste Recycling Company Executives to be Jailed for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

Consumers Beware! – Criminal e-Waste Exporters are Far Too Common

Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado | July 24th, 2013

In the wake of significant prison sentences of 14 and 30 months being handed down by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez against the executives Tor Olson and Brandon Richter of Denver, Colorado’s Executive, the toxic trade watchdog group, Basel Action Network, thanked the US Environmental Protection Agency and Homeland Security for their diligent prosecution and warned consumers, that the crime of e-waste exportation remains all too common.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-24-13

Developing Countries Rally to Prevent Industry Efforts to Exempt e-Waste from Trade Controls

Geneva, Switzerland | May 8th, 2013

Developing countries joined forces this week to defeat attempts by electronic equipment manufacturers represented by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and industrialized powers including the European Union, US, Japan, and Canada to create loopholes that would allow repairable electronic waste to be exempt from the international Basel Convention hazardous waste trade control procedures.

Read the Media Press Release - 5-8-13

European Shipowners dumped 365 Toxic Ships on South Asian Beaches Last Year

Need for financial mechanism to hold shipowners accountable and prevent reflagging is urgent

Brüssel | February 5th, 2013

A record-breaking number of 365 toxics-laden ships were sent for breaking by European shipowners to the beaches of South Asia in 2012, according to a list released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations working for safe and sustainable ship recycling. This number represents a 75% increase from 2011, when 210 EU-owned ships were sent for breaking in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan[1].

Read the Media Press Release - 2-5-13

Electronics Recycler Convicted for Illegal Exports  to Developing Countries

Environmental Watchdog Group Tipped Federal Authorities and CBS 60 Minutes

Denver, Colorado | December 22nd, 2012

A trial by jury convicted Executive Recycling, formerly of Englewood, Colorado and two of its top executives in a Denver Federal Court this morning for illegally exporting hazardous waste electronics to developing countries. Executives Tor Olson and Brandon Richter were convicted of criminal charges for illegal export of hazardous waste, smuggling, obstruction of justice, and wire and mail fraud. Brandon Richter was the former owner and CEO of Executive, an electronics recycler that also had locations in Utah and Nebraska. Executive Recycling has since changed its name to Techcycle.

Read the Media Press Release - 12-22-12

U.S. Government Ends the Sinking of Old Ships as Artificial Reefs

Green Groups Claim Victory, Call End to SINKEX

Seattle, WA. | September 6th, 2012

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has adopted a new policy that effectively terminates the federal artificial reefing program that allowed the scuttling of old ships for so-called “artificial reefs” – a practice that dates back to the Liberty Ship Act of1972. Since the program’s inception, approximately 45 ships have been disposed of at sea, along with untold tons of toxic substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals built into each vessel, as well as many millions of dollars worth of steel and non-ferrous metal resources. U.S. based environmental organization Basel Action Network (BAN), which has actively campaigned against the government-sponsored ocean dumping program, hails this news as a victory for U.S. jobs in the domestic ship recycling industry and a win for the environment.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-6-12

BAN'S 2012 ANNUAL REPORT
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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