With many states enacting extended producer responsibility laws and electronics recycling mandates, electronics recycling will no doubt increase.

At the same time, it is important that recycling is done properly.

Last week, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced today he had obtained a judgment against Tim and Cathleen Coffman, a Missouri couple operating an unlicensed electronics recycling operation in their home, according to American Metal Market. The attorney general did not indicate where the business was based.

In a press statement, Koster said the couple must pay a $20,000 civil penalty and are prohibited from violating the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law in the future; the Attorney General said they were improperly disposing of hazardous waste in violation of state law.

“Electronics must be recycled in a way that protects human health and the environment,” Koster said. “There are numerous electronic recyclers in our state who operate their businesses according…

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