Best Buy Tests E-Waste Recycling Program

Test limited to 117 stores

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Best Buy is testing a free electronic recycling program in 117 of its stores.

The program launched on June 1, with stores in Baltimore, San Francisco and Minnesota. Customers can bring in up to two electronic devices per day, per household for recycling.

Electronics that can be recycled include televisions, monitors up to 32 inches, computers, phones, and cameras. Items that won’t be accepted are televisions or monitors that are over 32 inches, console televisions, air conditioners, microwave ovens and appliances. Best Buy has a separate program for appliances.

Best Buy said if the test goes well that it will expand its electronic recycling program to other stores.  Best Buy spokeswoman Kelly Groehler said," "We want to take the time to learn if we can handle this before we go any further. We know the need is there and the waste stream is there. We think everyone needs to bear some responsibility for this – consumers, retailers and manufacturers."

Best Buy’s other recycling programs include recycling kiosks for printer ink cartridges, batteries, cell phones, CDs and DVDs. The company also has a program that will remove old appliances or TVs for free when a new item is purchased and delivered by Best buy Home Delivery.

"Making electronics recycling almost as easy as purchasing these goods has the potential to simplify recycling for millions of consumers who may be confused about where to return end-of-life goods in their area," said Conrad MacKerron, director of corporate social responsibility for As You Sow, an investor corporate accountability group that worked with Best Buy on its electronic recycling program.

Best Buy Tests E-Waste Recycling Program
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