Seattle-based Total Reclaim has admitted to exporting broken, mercury-containing flat panel monitors to Hong Kong after an investigation by the Basel Action Network followed the devices overseas. The company's long-held e-Stewards certification has been withdrawn for two years as a result.
"We did ship them and that is a violation of the e-Stewards standard," Craig Lorch, Total Reclaim's co-owner, said in an interview "Yes, if we plugged every single one of them in, if we had tested every one, we might have said, 'Oh, no, this is all tested, working stuff.' But that's not the case. … They should have been managed in this country."