When we talk about the value of using a fully certified electronic recycler, this is the type of story we use as an example. An e-Steward recycler is audited periodically, to ensure that every pound of material that enters our facility is accounted for, and that all of our recycling partners hold the same standard.

According to the Denver Post, a Colorado recycling company has been ordered to pay more than $4 million in fines, and two executives have been sentenced to prison for a scheme to illegally dispose and export electronic waste to foreign countries.

Brandon Richter, 38, and his company, Executive Recycling, were sentenced Tuesday in federal court for collecting electronic waste from private households, businesses and government entities, then illegally dumping that waste or sending a vast majority of it to China, according to a news release from Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado.

The corporation was sentenced to pay a $4,500,000 fine and serve three years on probation, the release states. Richter was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release, in addition to a $7,500 fine and $70,144 in restitution, according to the release.

Between February 2005 to January 2009, executives for the recycling company told costumers that collected waste would be disposed of safely and responsibly. Yet, negotiations were ongoing for the sale of the waste to brokers representing foreign buyers, including China, according to the release.

More than 100,000 cathode ray tubes were exported in 160 cargo containers out of the country between 2005 and 2008, the release states.

The Executive Recycling website does not currently make any environmental claims, nor does it make any notation about compliance or data security.