Is it theft when an unknown party takes items from a pile of electronics left near the street curbing intended for a specific recycling company?
Here's the back story: Our small rural community has never had an electronics recycling day. Larger towns in the area have special days for this, but theirs are often limited to residents of their own cities or we have to drag our items a distance of 25 miles or more to participate.
So I encouraged a local non-profit group to sponsor one in conjunction with our community clean-up, spruce-up week. We had a very difficult time finding any recyclers willing to do this in a small town, but finally one agreed. To encourage recycling and make it easy for residents, we arranged curb-side pickup. To help finance the effort, we charged a small donation for TVs based upon size. Pickup of all other electronic items was free. Names and addresses requesting pickup were registered.
As a result, there probably won't be future electronics recycling days in our small town because a few bad apples have made it unprofitable for a recycling company to return.
Yes, it was theft from the recycling company and theft of any future recycling days for our residents.