As of February 15, 2009, Best Buy will bring its electronics recycling program to all of its 1,006 stores nationwide. In the fiscal year 2010, the program is expected to expand to stores in Puerto Rico.
The program adds to Best Buy's growing list of recycling options. The company already offers recycling kiosks in front of every store for ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CDs, DVDs and PDA/smart phones. Best Buy also offers to trade in select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift card. For more information on the trade-in program, click here.
The new program will allow consumers to bring up to two units per day, per household, for recycling at any U.S. Best Buy store. The stores will accept most consumer electronics, including televisions and monitors up to 32", computer CPUs and notebooks, small electronics, VCR and DVD players, phones, and such accessories as keyboards, mice and remotes.
A $10 recycling fee per unit will be charged for items with screens (televisions, laptop computers, etc.), though this will be offset by a $10 Best Buy gift card in exchange. Interestingly, these fees do not apply for units recycled in California stores and does not apply to any of Best Buy's Exclusive-Branded products.
Unfortunately, the program does not include everything. People hoping to recycle televisions or monitor screens greater than 32", console televisions, items containing Freon or microwaves are encouraged to find other ways to recycle.
For more information on Best Buy's recycling program, click here.