Intercon Solutions

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Close-up of Intercon Solutions' sign touting their Certifications. 2014. Copyright BAN.
Shipping container eventually tracked to China on the property of Intercon Solutions. Photograph: © BAN 2009


Intercon Solutions, an electronics recycler based in Illinois, was found in 2011 by BAN investigators to be engaged in exporting electronic waste to Hong Kong right while they were seeking to become e-Stewards Certified. BAN notified the Hong Kong authorities and they confirmed the container photographed at Intercon’s facility and tracked to Asia was indeed contraband. Such exportation is a critical non-conformity of the e-Stewards Standard. After BAN made the news public and denied Intercon access to the e-Steward Certification program, the company sued BAN for defamation. After a lengthy legal battle, on October 9 of 2015, Intercon's case was dismissed with prejudice, and BAN was able to publicly release evidence received in large part from whistleblowers and collected in preparation for the expected court trial. The new evidence reveals that Intercon was a massive exporter of electronic waste. Such exportation was likely a violation of international, Chinese and US law.

Evidence & Supporting Documents

Full summary of Intercon case and related evidence.
Supporting documents:
Annex A - Whistleblower Documents Linking Intercon Containers to Export to Asia
Annex B - Additional Documents Linking Intercon Containers to Export to Asia
Annex C - Highlighted Excerpts of Intercon Solutions Approved Applications for Public Funding
Annex D - Screenshots of No Export Language on Intercon Solutions’ Website
Summarizes Intercon Solution’s Publicly Funded Grants Awarded for Domestic Recycling between 2004 & 2009.
Highlighting cases of improper export, presented to Intercon in July 2012.
Brundage Indictment


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(Intercon Solutions Detailed Chronology of Events)

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Intercon Solutions office area

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