FLASHBACK: Indonesia - BAN Accusation 2010

From the files.  BAN uses photos of sea containers, and allows industry and press to assume THIS is the same as THAT.  Technically, BAN says, the correct interpretation of Basel Convention, Annex IX, B1110 would not allow the Indonesian factory on the right.

hammeronmonitor_pic.jpg  is the same as this PT M 050.jpg

But read the press release.  They are not being transparent about what they are objecting to.    They imply the 2002 Guiyu photo is what they stopped in Indonesia.  When I object, they ask for proof of the inside of the containers (which arrived back in the USA with seals still on them, NEVER inspected by Indonesians).
From Contract CRT Manufacturers Album

As in the disputed photos of the outside of sea containers in Chicago (Intercon Solutions), BAN photographed the outside of sea containers in Boston in 2010, and then LINK to photos they took of Guiyu China in 2001.

This is intellectually dishonest.  In the technical world, where people understand that Taiwanese engineers have contract manufacturing capacity in several Asian Tiger countries, the photos BAN uses may as well link to the Wrong, Wrong Lithuanian TV sculpture.

For two years I've been sharing photos of the factories in Indonesia which BAN is destroying with vigilante innuendo, sleight of hand.  They are destroying human beings lives.  They used to do good.  Now, the crisp feel of money from Americans afraid of doing wrong, and the sponsorship from e-waste companies who PAY BAN to turn the watchdog eye on their competitors, has corrupted the "non-profit" (is it really a non-policitical 501c3?  Or is that to avoid taxes while they promote legislation?).  I think BAN wants to be good, but they don't know how to adapt their poster child campaign without raising doubts.  So they show the same people from the tired little scrapyard, a decade ago.
From Contract CRT Manufacturers Album

Remember the Watchdog barking at Indonesia when you read about the Watchdog barking at Intercon.  Remember, the exact same buyer (from press release below) was the buyer of ERI material which emerged months later (RIP Pledge of True Stewardship).

Am I being rough on BAN?  Yes.  Because I've been telling them this, and showing them these pictures, for more than 5 years.  When it came right down to it, and I offered for my friends at the factory to buy exclusively from E-Stewards in exchange for BAN admitting they were NOT primitive wire burning operations, BAN said they were too busy, and that we'd have to pay BAN for a copy of the standards BAN required us to meet.   BAN leverages racist bias prejudice, and in their own press release below, they direct readers to a dirty operation in another country ten years previous, ignoring the hundreds of human beings in the contract manufacturing plant which had purchased the containers.


Indonesia Turns Back Illegal Shipment of E-waste from USA "Recycler"
Tip Comes from U.S. Watchdog as E.P.A. Fails to Act
BAN Media Release

MSC Carole, the Mediterranean Shipping Company ship that delivered the 9 containers to Indonesia. One of the containers (yellow) photographed by BAN at CRTR was one of the 9 delivered to Indonesia. The other containers depicted were exported to China. Both Indonesia and China have banned the importation of electronic waste.
1 March 2010 (Seattle, Washington) – The Basel Action Network (BAN), an environmental watchdog organization, reported today that it had successfully prevented nine sea-going containers of hazardous electronic waste from a Massachusetts business calling themselves a recycler from being exported and delivered to Indonesia in contravention of the international treaty on hazardous waste known as the Basel Convention and Indonesian law. The action was made possible due to a tip by BAN to the Ministry of Environment in Indonesia. Last week in Bali, Indonesia, representatives from BAN and Asian environmental groups met with and personally thanked the Minister of Environment and the Indonesian authorities responsible for this police action, which comes just as the United Nations Environment Program released a report highlighting the massive amounts of e-waste flooding developing countries in contravention of the Basel Convention.“Indonesia is just one of many countries now being flooded by a tsunami of toxic electronic waste from the United States,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network. “Even though our own government knows that the importation of toxic waste from the US is a violation of the laws of most countries of the world, our own EPA shamefully allows the global dumping to continue.”
In this case, the perpetrator of the shipment, CRT Recycling Inc. in Brockton, Massachusetts, utilized a waste broker, Advanced Global Technologies Inc., that is listed on an official EPA website as being an EPA registered e-waste exporter. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office slammed the EPA for doing far too little to control exports of electronic waste from the United States, but still little has changed as there remains no law sufficient to control the flood of toxic e-waste. It is estimated by Hong Kong authorities that 50-100 containers of e-waste enter the port of Hong Kong alone each day. Almost all of this comes from the United States according to BAN.
BAN, together with the Electronic TakeBack Coalition, has been campaigning for a new law prohibiting hazardous e-waste exports from the United States, a ban already in place in 32 other developed countries. In 2008, BAN assisted CBS’s 60 Minutes to track containers from a similar Colorado based recycler to China. Since 2001, BAN has travelled the world revealing the cyber-age nightmare of e-waste exports and dumping in developing countries (see photo gallery at: http://www.ban.org/photogallery/index.html)
In this case, BAN volunteers staked out CRT Recycling Incorporated in Brockton, Massachusetts, a company that takes thousands of monitors every year from local schools and governments who unwittingly believe their old computers and monitors will legally and properly recycled. BAN photographed a container in the CRT Recycling, Inc. yard being loaded with cathode ray tube (CRT) computer monitors. Using container numbers and online shipping company databases, they were able to track the container and its ship to the port of Semarang, Indonesia. In November of 2009, BAN contacted the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and warned them of the ship’s imminent arrival and the hazardous wastes it carried.
Indonesian authorities then seized the container and found it to be part of a consignment of 9 such containers coming from CRT Recycling, Inc. These were opened and confirmed to be stacked full of untested, used computer monitors -- each containing several pounds of lead and other hazardous substances -- thus making them an internationally defined hazardous waste and therefore illegal to import into Indonesia. All 9 containers were then returned to the US. The containers arrived in Boston port in early February and are currently thought to be detained at the Boston Freight Terminal with a deadline to clear customs by February 28th. CRT Recycling, Inc. has stated that they will turn the CRTs over to RMG Enterprises, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, for further processing. The EPA is expected to inspect the containers upon arrival.
However it is unlikely that CRT Recycling, Inc. or its broker, Advanced Global Technologies Inc., will be prosecuted for illegal hazardous waste exportation as the United States has never ratified the Basel Convention, and the only current law on the subject, known as “the CRT Rule,” is riddled with loopholes allowing uncontrolled exports. In fact, on EPA’s CRT rule website (seehttp://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/international/crts/reuse.htm), Advanced Global Technologies Inc. is listed as an EPA officially sanctioned waste exporter.
According to BAN, about 80 percent of the e-waste consumers deliver to recyclers is not recycled by these companies at all but is simply shipped to countries in Asia and Africa to some of the world’s most impoverished communities where the waste is smashed, burned, melted or chemically treated in extremely dangerous backyard operations. BAN warns businesses and consumers to hand over their old electronic equipment only to designated e-Stewards® Recyclers that have been carefully screened and audited to ensure they do not export, use prison labor, or dump toxics in municipal landfills and incinerators.
“Consumers can take action to prevent techno-trash dumping,” said Puckett. “We must urge Congress to pass a prohibition on waste exportation at once, and we must vow to never deliver old computers and TVs to any company that is not a designated e-Stewards Recycler.”
To find an ethical recycler, visit www.e-Stewards.org

Contact: Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network, (206) 652-5555, jpuckett@ban.org

"Intercon is claiming they have all kinds of documents proving we are wrong, yet they send us nothing," says BAN executive director Jim Puckett. "It is impossible for us to evaluate alleged new evidence without having this alleged new evidence presented to us. Therefore, this seems to us to be a game played for the benefit of the press in an effort to muddy the waters. If Intercon wishes for us to consider new evidence, one would think they would send it to us and do so even prior to writing a press release."
I, also, have documents proving BAN is wrong, about all kinds of things.  If BAN first admits the RIGHT TO EXIST of some importers, somewhere, we can make some progress.

BAN has, in ten years, never admitted there are innocents.

So, am I supposed to provide innocents to BAN?

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