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Technical Guideline Remains Intact After Fierce Debate In Geneva

Key staff members from the Basel Action Network returned from the Basel Convention meetings in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.  Attending a full week of meetings, BAN staff worked on finalizing the ‘Technical Guideline’ for the import and export of e-waste.  The Technical Guideline is meant to clarify when used electronic equipment is considered e-waste, and when it is not.

Delegates Must Not Allow Basel Exemptions For E-Waste

Much is at stake this week.  There are two potential headlines that will be at the top of environmental news on Tuesday, May 6th.  One could read as:  Basel Convention Removes e-Wastes from Waste Definitions. But the other might read:  Basel Convention Moves to Prevent Global e-Waste Dumping.   Which of these do we want?  Which of these does the world need?

NYT: Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles

From the NYT “…Flat-screen technology has made those monitors and televisions obsolete, decimating the demand for the recycled tube glass used in them and creating what industry experts call a “glass tsunami” as stockpiles of the useless material accumulate across the country …”

INTERPOL Targets e-Waste

“Addressing the illegal trade of electronic waste calls for substantial cooperation between exporting and destination countries. Operation Enigma showed the international community that there is substantial will among the member countries to cooperate in order to keep ahead of this modern threat to our environment and global security.”

More Responsible Recycling = More Jobs (42,000 of Them)

A new study, released today, shows that a federal e-waste export bill could create up to 42,000 American jobs — a shot in the arm for the economy, and good news for the environment.

Solving Asia’s e-Waste Problem

From Eco-Business: To alleviate suspicions of greenwashing, or the  phenomenon of companies deceptively promoting themselves as environmentally-friendly in order to win over consumers, governments must look into ways to accreditate the CSR efforts of businesses.

Residents Near e-Waste Site Face Greater Cancer Risk

Residents living near an e-waste recycling site in China face elevated risks of lung cancer, according to a recent study co-authored by Oregon State University researchers.

BAN’s Jim Pucket Receives International E-Recycling Award

A giant congratulations to Jim Puckett of the Basel Action Network/e-Stewards, recipient of the Swiss Cowbell Award at the International Electronics Recycling Congress for “pioneering and breathless work to prevent the globalization of toxic waste…”

Computer Company Pleads Guilty to e-Waste Violation

The EPA reports that on October 18, 2012, Mark Glover and Discount Computers, Inc. (DCI) pled guilty to crimes associated with electronic waste, making it the first e-waste conviction in the country.