Colorado recycling executives convicted in waste dumping case

A Colorado case is one of the first to take on improper exporting of electronics waste.

A Colorado case is one of the first to take on improper exporting of electronics waste. 

A federal jury in Denver on Friday convicted two men charged with violating of environmental laws by exporting hazardous electronics waste they collected from communities and businesses saying the items would be recycled.

Brandon Richter, of Highlands Ranch, and Tor Olson, of Parker, are scheduled to be sentenced in April, 2013,according to TV station CBS4 KCNC.

Richter, CEO of Executive Recycling, and Olson, a company executive, were charged in a grand jury indictment issued September, 2011, two years after investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency raided the business in early 2009 and seized records under a search warrant.

Executive Recycling came under scrutiny after TV news magazine 60 Minutes and Seattle-based environmental group Basel Action Network exposed the practice of exporting toxic e-waste to China and other countries.

The case was believed to be the first criminal prosecution for improper export of e-waste.

From the Denver Business Journal.

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