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Best Buy Leads With E-Cycling Effort

October 15, 2010

 

This Best Buy billboard in Times Square is actually made out of old consumer electronics.

 

I recently had the task of making several old Mac computers…”go away.”  Trying to find the most responsible way to dispose of outdated electronics is a growing problem, and one of particular interest here in Hawaii.  Because my old computers still worked I first tried the “reuse” strategy, but was rebuffed by schools and even Salvation Army.  My next step was “recycle,” but there are right ways and wrong ways to recycle old electronics.  The responsible way is to make sure that the equipment is disassembled by a reputable e-recycler who will salvage components and separate recyclable metals and plastics (see “Recycling Computers & Consumer Electronics in our Vodpod Videos).  More importantly, any CRT tubes must be broken down, with the heavy metals lurking in the internal components collected properly.  It was at this point that I discovered Best Buy’s corporate commitment to electronic recycling.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) now offers its electronics recycling program at all of its 1,006 stores nationwide. Consumers can bring up to two (2) units per day, per household, for recycling at any U.S. Best Buy store.

Best Buy will accept most consumer electronics, including televisions and monitors up to 32”, computer CPUs and notebooks, small electronics, VCR and DVD players, and phones, as well as accessories such as keyboards, mice, and remotes.

A $10 recycling fee per unit will be charged for items with screens, such as televisions, laptop computers, and monitors. The consumer will instantly receive a $10 Best Buy gift card in exchange for the recycling fee. (This fee does not apply for units recycled in California stores, and does not apply for any of Best Buy’s Exclusive-Branded products, such as Insignia, Dynex, and VPR Matrix.)

The following items cannot be accepted through this program:
• Televisions or monitor screens greater than 32”
• Console televisions
• Items containing Freon, including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and mini-refrigerators (consumers are encouraged to contact their state/county sold waste department for recycling options)
• Microwaves
• Appliances (customers are invited instead to use Best Buy’s appliance haul-away and pick-up programs)

For more information, visit www.bestbuy.com/recycling.

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