Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Buy Electronics Recycling Free Program Eco Friendly Disposal of Tech Computers & Gadgets

Eco Lifestyle 

MBE partnered with Best Buy for this post

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. 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. 

My triplets are growing up fast but our computers have become outdated faster 
When they were little, my kids enjoyed dissembling old computers at this kids museum
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 and more 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.

In this short 3 minute video you'll see what happens to the stuff you bring to Best Buy to recycle. Definitely considering watching this with your kids because it's educational and really interesting, showing not only how the various computers are taken apart but also the kinds of useful things that can be made after the bits and pieces are transformed back into basic building materials like glass, plastic, steel and aluminum.

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? You're invited to leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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

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