Dangers of Unlicensed Electronic Recycling Companies

August 6, 2010

Any manufacturing company that produces items for electrical usage must recycle them in an appropriate manner once they reach their end of life or become obsolete. To do so, a licensed electronics recycling company must be chosen.  When a licensed recycling company is given the responsibility of recycling the obsolete electronic equipments, the manufacturing company can be assured that this will be taken care of, and if such obsolete items are exported, the responsibility lies with the recycling company and not the manufacturing company.

However if the manufacturing company begins to deal with an unlicensed recycling company, there are many risks involved. If the recycling company exports these goods to developing nations for sale, the manufacturing company will be held responsible and is liable to prosecution under law.

Also, if charity is the motive, the manufacturing company will still face legal consequences since the items are obsolete and cannot be used anymore in another destination or country. Tracing the items back to manufacturers is possible through the serial numbers, asset tags etc and so the manufacturing company can never “get away” with using an unlicensed recycling company.

So, when a manufacturing company decides that the goods that it produced are obsolete and need to be recycled, only a company that is licensed to treat waste materials should be used in order to complete the task. Any other means of recycling including using an unlicensed electronics recycling company is inappropriate conduct on the company’s part. Such an action could attract legal prosecution and the manufacturing company may face serious repercussions affecting the reliability and popularity of the brand.