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E-waste Recycling April 18, 2019 12:30:12 PM

Electronics Recycling Association Withdraws Lawsuit Filed Against Watchdog

Paul Ploumis
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Three out of the four devices that ended up in Hong Kong and Pakistan were found exported by ERA.

Electronics Recycling Association Withdraws Lawsuit Filed Against Watchdog

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Canadian Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) announced its decision to drop the defamation suit against the Basel Action Network (BAN) in connection with the latter’s finding on illegal e-waste exports from Canada to destinations in Africa and Asia.

Releasing the results of investigation involving a total of 43 GPS trackers involving recycling collection sites and recyclers across seven provinces in Canada, BAN revealed that 7 out of the 43 tracked devices were illegally exported out of the country. Four out of the seven exported devices ended up in developing countries. The other three were to developed countries, said BAN findings.

Three out of the four devices that ended up in Hong Kong and Pakistan were found exported by ERA, the BAN report said. Further, the report also cited ERA’s long history of similar exports in past years.

Further to this, ERA had filed a lawsuit against BAN in November 2018, claiming that it has not exported any of the shipping containers as identified in the BAN report. In response to the suit, BAN filed a motion to dismiss, which was partially denied by the U.S. District Court Western District at Seattle. The court also dismissed part of ERA’s claim, after which both parties agreed to reach a Settlement and Mutual Release Agreement. The agreement dismissed ERA’s pending claims with prejudice.c

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