- We know BAN is not placing GPS trackers into any devices that don't LOOK ready to reuse. Not a single CRT or projection TV (over 50% of ewaste) was tracked by BAN, ever.
- We know BAN claims to be "cutting wires" to sabotage the devices, which likely get repaired anyway.
- We know that BAN controls distribution of who gets what type of device... 14% of all GPS trackers BAN released in Canada went to one guy who had a lawsuit vs. BAN.
- We know BAN has a financial interest in the outcome (through E-Stewards) worth millions of dollars.
- We know that BAN's press releases interchange their proposed "Ban Amendment", which has not passed, for Basel Convention international law, which allows export for legitimate recycling and repair.
- We know that BAN mysteriously "obfuscated" several end points in Asia, when devices arrived at legitimate reuse and legal recycling centers.
- We know that BAN picks specific people to accuse, even in cases when that person exported nothing.
- We know that BAN profiles the overseas tech sector and reuse technicians as "primitive" and "informal".
- We know that the "developing nations" BAN describes as "primitive" had cities with TV stations and millions of households using electricity a half century ago, and produce most of the "ewaste" at their own dumps.
- We know that the first instance of GPS tracking, of TVs sold to Nigerian born TV-repairman Joseph Benson of BJ Electronics, led to false testimony ("80% not reused") by the UK prosecutor, and environmental injustice (imprisonment of Benson).
What I can't figure out is why the press gives this organization any ink.
Follow the money.
This is the To Kill a Mockingbird moment for the environmental community. You either sat by while this NGO made this happen, or you spoke up to #freejoebenson
My organization could really use help editing some of this video.