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Best Buy Piloting Free Electronics Recycling Program

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jun 2nd, 2008 5:17PM EDT

Kudos, Best Buy. The national electronics retail giant announced a new recycling initiative launched yesterday that is being piloted in 117 stores across Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota. This new program by the way, is above and beyond the already available recycling services already offered at all Best Buy locations. We know all you BGR readers go through gear like it’s going out of style; are you disposing of your un-eBayables responsibly? Readers in the markets mentioned above can bring their dust catchers and doorstops down to the local Best Buy and feel good knowing that they’re helping the environment. Examples of items that will be accepted: televisions and monitors up to 32″, computers, phones, cameras, and other electronics devices and peripherals. Examples of items that will not be accepted: Televisions or monitor screens greater than 32″, console televisions, air conditioners, microwaves and appliances. Don’t panic if you’re not covered in one of those three citys though. As we mentioned above, Best Buy already has some programs in place that are carried out by each and every one of their US stores. Details from the press release:

  • Recycling kiosks: at the front of every store, ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CDs, DVDs, and PDA/smart phones can be dropped off for free recycling
  • Appliance and television haul-away: Best Buy will remove an old or obsolete appliance or television free of charge from a consumers’ home when a new product is purchased and delivered by Best Buy Home Delivery or Geek Squad Home Theater Installation Service.
  • Appliance and television pick-up: For $100, Best Buy will arrange a home visit to remove up to two (2) appliance units and/or televisions for recycling, with $20 for each additional unit.
  • Tech Trade-In: Visit www.bestbuytradein.com to trade in select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift card.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.