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July 06, 2011

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Lawren

Unfortunately, there are many companies who choose to take the cheap way out; meaning, they look for ways of disposing their waste that won't cost them much money. Choosing to take this path of disposing waste can cost you more in the end; as exemplified by Intercon Solutions of Chicago. They would have been better off doing the right thing and dispose their waste in a manner that would have prevented them from being delisted from R2 certification.

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Depending on how one defines hazardous waste, Intercon might be right, but it can also be the case that they violated the commonly acceptable limitations on e-waste export codified by the e-Stewards and R2 standards.

Scrapdawg

I have several years in the Chicagoland electronics recycling industry and am an provisional E.H.& S.O. at present overseeing R2 standard implementing. A few issues arise over this story. R2 does NOT prohibit exports, as e-stewards & the Basel Action Network do. R2 standards require that in the case of CRT's (which is what Intercon was accused of doing) R2 requires companies follow the CRT RULE which require that companies notify the US EPA when shipping overseas.
There is a big difference in those two req.'s and this is why e-stewards walked (out some years back) on a joint venture to draft a united certification with sponsorship by both. This even resulted in e-stewards accusing the EPA of a half-hearted approach to responsible recycling.
Interestingly, Intercon has said all along it didn't ship any CRT's to Hong Kong and has sued BAN in IL court to produce the supposedly elusive confidential documents/records that they say shows Intercon to be culpable even though this is not illeagal.
Greenpeace and BAN are now in apparent alliance. Greenpeace while having admirable motives has shown itself to use radical, underhanded and even dangerous tactics in promoting causes and I wonder if this is inspiring e-stewards in the same extreme processes.
For my part I go along with the present EPA policy i.e. CRT rule. It strikes me as odd however, that our lawmakers are seeking to prohibit any end-of-life electronics or components to be purchased and exported to Asia / China, where so many originated in the first place. Something seems one sided about that to me.

red sole

let's join our hands together to stop this kind of wrong doings. It may risk lives in the future if we just let them continue.

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Thanx for sharing such an important info. Lots of people do think that recycling their electronics will help the environment but they hardly cares abt. checking its authenticity or whether it follows the recycling guidelines or not! Such step from the authorities are always welcome!

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IT Disposal

Hmm,

I do like the sounds of this. Hong Kong of course is once again a part of china, who's laws from recollection have prohibited the import of e-waste, or what we'd call WEEE. Unlike europe though, the US does not have a clear definition of e-waste and re-usable electronics (WEEE and REEE respectively). However, referencing the Basel convention, which I'm sure will come into play in this legal battle, does provide black and white requirements, including prohibiting the trans-continental movement of CRTs. Bet there's a few faulty laptop batteries and mercury filled backlights in amongst those loads as well.

Charm Henry

Yes, I do think that authorities should be more cautious about such electronic recycling sites. People get easily attracted with
cash for phones offers these days. Thanks for sharing. I hope this will serve as a lesson to other companies as well.

Charm Henry

Yes, I do think that authorities should be more cautious about such electronic recycling sites. People get easily attracted with cash for phones offers these days. Thanks for sharing. I hope this will serve as a lesson to other companies as well.

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