No good deed goes unpunished, the old saying goes, especially when you light an open fire without the required permit. A Troy Michigan electronics recycling business was fined after assisting at a city-sponsored Earth Day recycling event. Employees of the company were spotted burning wooden pallets in the open by investigators from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The company agreed to a $750 fine. An official of the e-recycling firm said that the company was assisting during the Earth Day recycling event and there were excess wooden pallets left behind. The city could not accept the pallets so company workers burned them. The recycler did not have a burning permit and paid the fine to resolve the matter.The accumulation of pallets can be a nuisance for some businesses, but often it takes just a phone call to have a pallet recycling business pick them up, especially if they are of a popular size, even for wood, plastic or metal pallets. For removing oddball pallet sizes or other scrap wood packaging there may be a fee, but increasingly, this material will be taken by recyclers for grinding and use in a range of products.