Environmental Group Fights Catoosa Firm

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 11:46 am
By: News On 6


CATOOSA, OK -- An environmental group claims that old computers and other electronics intended to be recycled by a Catoosa firm, EarthECycle, were instead loaded onto ships bound for South Africa and Hong Kong.

The recycling effort was part of a recent fund raiser for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Basel Action Network says toxic electronic waste often ends up in developing countries. The Seattle-based group says it has contacted authorities to have the items returned to EarthECycle of Catoosa.

But EarthECycle President Jeffery Nixon disputes that he's sending dangerous waste. He says the items can be taken apart for useful materials.

He says the items from the recent fundraiser were shipped in a legal and moral way.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.