A press release issued Monday by environmental watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN), accusing CRT Recycling of illegally shipping CRT (cathode ray tube) computer monitors to Indonesia is inaccurate, said Peter Kopcych, general manager at CRT Recycling.
issued a statement saying that Indonesia in November rejected nine containers filled with CRTs and other electronic waste shipped by Advanced Global Technologies
for CRT Recycling
The Ministry of Environment in Indonesia rejected the shipment after BAN
raised concerns that the shipment violated Indonesian law and an international treaty on hazardous waste, the Basel Convention
But the shipment, which has been returned to the U.S., didn't contain illegal materials, Kopcych
The seals on the containers shipped to Indonesia were not broken, meaning authorities could not have inspected the contents, Kopcych
needs to "get their facts straight," he
A representative of Advanced Global Technologies
confirmed that the seals had not been broken.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) inspected the shipment Monday morning, he
and the state of Massachusetts will find that "none" of the BAN claims are true, Kopcych
"Who do they think they are?
said of BAN
"I have the EPA
and the state of Massachusetts to answer to.
They're all happy with what I do."
The shipment to Indonesia contained some used television sets with tubes that can reused, Kopcych
There was "not one" computer monitor in the shipment, he
"This guy obfuscates a lot," Puckett said of Kopcych
CRT Recycling sets used electronics to countries where they or their parts can be reused, Kopcych
More than half of the TV sets in the shipment were working and the rest had good tubes that could be reused in other TVs, he
"If a television works, and there's people in Haiti that can use it, by God, we should send it to Haiti," he