E.R. Response to 60 Minutes Report November 2008

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Executive Recycling is a respected and law abiding business that recycles computers and electronic parts in a responsible and lawful way. Our company has reviewed the recent report of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the 60 Minutes story on E-Waste and we agree on the dangers of unregulated disposal of electronic and computer waste.

Executive Recycling is well aware of every applicable environmental and export standard and has complied throughout its history with such laws, rules and regulations. Our company takes in tons of computer and electronic products and disposes of them responsibly. Many such items are refurbished and resold.

The company would not sell anything to any purchaser if it had knowledge that said buyer planned to break the law. However, no business can be responsible for the subsequent improper actions of others who lawfully purchase products from them and hide their intentions to engage in misconduct.

Sadly, Executive Recycling appears now to be the victim of others who have obtained electronic and computer products from our company and then acted irresponsibly.

These buyers apparently sought to hide their own misconduct by leaving the impression that their shipment was the responsibility of our company. We have discovered that forged documents (provided by the port authorities) were used to improperly shift blame to us when ER sold the tested working units to a Canadian wholesale buyer. We are currently seeking legal actions against this one wholesale buyer in regards to this report.

Executive Recycling worked for the past two months with 60 Minutes regarding this investigation and provided 5 container numbers and bill of ladens for one Basel Action Network member who has signed the pledge and which states on their website "we will not engage in the exporting or dumping of e-waste, or in the use of prison labor in our recycling processes" - Denver Based Company.

Executive Recycling urges the Environmental Protection Agency and the government of the United States and other civilized societies to prepare and enact further laws and regulations to make sure that no individuals or environments are damaged through irresponsible disposal of computer or electronic products. Executive Recycling has cooperated with the Environmental Protection Agency in the past and will continue to do so in an effort to see that humans and the environment are protected.

Reported by Executive Recycling.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Game over loser. you betrayed the public trust. you're only trying to avoid jail time now. no one believes your lies anymore. you're a failure to mankind. Greed took your soul. Truth will lead you back, but you refuse to take your medicine. Suffer for your misdeeds, I am sure the feelings you currently posess are quite unsettling. All deserved.

Submitted by Jim Puckett (not verified) on
To whom it may concern, Executive Recycling, the subject of a recent investigation by 60 minutes which indicated that Executive had exported containers of e-waste to China. In response Executive is claiming that container sent from one of our e-Steward Recyclers, GRX of Denver, also went to Hong Kong. BAN takes matters of non-compliance with our Pledging e-Stewards very seriously. So we investigated these allegations and in fact notified the competent authorities in Hong Kong of these containers. As we thought they were opened and NO contraband hazardous electronics was found. These containers Bills of Lading have been examined and they have been seen to be accurately describing that the waste exported was NON-Hazardous (by Basel Convention definitions) hazardous waste. What Executive does not seem to understand is that BAN's program, and international law forbids exports of HAZARDOUS waste, not NON-hazardous waste. We have been aware that GRX exports their plastics to China. This is completely legal and does not violate the current BAN e-Stewards Pledge. We would hope that Executive would therefore cease in these false accusations. We stand ready to show Executive or others the proof of this verification. Sincerely yours, Jim Puckett, Director, Basel Action Network.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Maybe your company started out with good intentions, and maybe it was a scam all along. Who knows? It really doesn't make a bit of difference. 60 Minutes has been exposing companies like yours for years, and I'm glad it continues to live up to it's reputation. Take your medicine, and get a real job.

Submitted by William (not verified) on
Hey Anonymous, are you currently in the e-waste recycling business? Do you engage in recycling in your home / business? What do you do with your plastic, aluminum, electronic waste items? How about that wrapper from your candy bar? While I'm on the subject, how about the weekly newspaper? I'd say that before you jump all over someone else that you make the time to look at / in your own backyard / home / office before you speak so harshly of others and their companies. If you don't currently recycle products then consider doing so. It will only HELP our environment!

Submitted by Joe (not verified) on
Big difference William...he is not claiming to be a certified recycler of anything...that "does not ship to China" unlike E-Recycling claims not to do and then gets it hand caught in the cookie jar...what do you work for them?

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