Best Buy tests free e-waste recycling program to ease its eco-impact
Electronics retailer Best Buy announced on Monday that it’s testing a free electronic-waste recycling program in 117 of its stores in the Baltimore, Minneapolis, and San Francisco areas, plus a few other select stores in the East and Midwest. Customers can bring in up to two e-waste items per day for free recycling, including TVs, computers, video-game consoles, VCRs, and the like. “We want to take the time to learn if we can handle this before we go any further,” said Best Buy spokesperson Kelly Groehler. “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.” If all goes well, Best Buy could expand the program to include its 805 other U.S. stores.