Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Buy Free Electronics Recycling Program

Eco Lifestyle 

Environmental Friendly Disposal of Computers, Tech 

Rarely do I get the opportunity to write about two of my favorite things in the same story: technology and eco friendly family living. But, thanks to Best Buy, that's exactly what I'm doing with this post to let you know about their extensive electronics recycling program as well as to inspire you to teach your kids about recycling electronics.

My triplets grew up fast

Diassembling computers at a kids museum

MBE partnered with Best Buy for this post

There's something I have to admit to you though. Before embarking on the research to write this post I wasn't even aware that a dedicated Best Buy Electronics Recycling Program existed. 

Here's the backstory. I'm a repeat Best Buy customer that's shopped at this national retailer for Apple and PC computers and accessories. I've purchased multiple desktop computers there, as well as our Bosch washer and dryer set which I love. In fact, we bought the latter at Best Buy a few years ago after learning they carried a wide array of brands and types of large Energy Star certified appliances.  They also recycled our old laundry appliances when they delivered the much more energy efficient ones we have now. 

For this post I started digging deeper to learn about this retailer giant's free technology recycling service that's available in every single Best Buy location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. What a welcome discovery since the only other computer and electronics recycling programs I'd heard of previously either were affiliated with the city where I live (they do free pickups of electronics for disposal just a few times a year) or were private companies that actually charged a fee to take my unwanted electronics off my hands. 

According to Best Buy their company recycles 387 pounds of electronics each minute during store hours -- that's a whopping 80 million pounds of e-waste disposal last year alone! With technology being the fastest growing waste stream on the planet, it's reassuring to know that they want to be part of the solution in a big and impactful way. 

No matter where you bought it or how old it is, the good news is that this store will take your electronics and recycle them for you, responsibly and safely.

My neighborhood Best Buy store here in Los Angeles

Best Buy accepts a long list of electronics for recycling
  • TVs and Monitors
  • Stands, Mounts and Furniture
  • Portable TV and Video
  • Car Video
  • Audio
  • Car and GPS
  • Cameras and Camcorders
  • Computers
  • Mobile Phones and Office
  • Music, Movies and Books
  • Video Games and Gadgets
  • Home and Appliances

See the 
Best Buy Recycling tab for full details since what they accept varies by state. You can also learn more here about how you can participate in their Tech Trade-in and Recycling Solutions and get a behind the scenes look at this eco-friendly consumer program.

What kinds of things do you do with your children to teach them about recyling? Have you recycled computers or other electronics before and if so, how? Have you had any specific experiences with Best Buy's electronics recycling program? 

Painted Recycling Bins Costa Rica
Artsy Wooden Recycling Bins, Costa Rica 

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