The final reason, and, if we’re being honest, the most common reason for non-compliance is the fear of how much recycling actually costs.
As with most things that aren’t always seen as an essential part of running a business, recycling is nearly always seen as just another financial burden, especially when you take into account all of the other regulations modern businesses have to deal with. It’s also likely that you’ll be asking yourself if the benefits really outweigh the costs.
Although recycling can be expensive, it is your legal responsibility if you fall under the producer category as mentioned earlier in this blog series.
We feel that it’s important for you to realise the opportunity cost of having a recycling scheme. Not only does recycling correctly ensure that you are compliant, it also reduces the amount of plastic and toner cartridges that are being sent to landfill, where they can take over a thousand years to degrade (some of which may not degrade at all). While in landfill, these cartridges and other plastics are highly toxic for our environment, releasing chemicals and substances which can cause a number of problems, including cancer.
Recycling correctly and being seen as an environmentally friendly business can also be a great PR tool and can be seen as an attractive trait that your existing customers will appreciate, while also drawing in new customers.
What’s also important to take into consideration is the cost of NOT complying with the WEEE Directive. Obviously, recycling is a cost that you don’t particularly want to incur in the first place, however, the cost of non-compliance is something you definitely want to avoid. There have been examples of both companies and councils having to pay fines of up to £30,000 due to breaking the law through non-compliance.
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