Best Buy tests free e-waste recycling program

Posted by: Adam Aston on June 2, 2008

Slowly, slowly, big manufacturers and retailers of electronics goods are coming round to a proactive approach to recycling. After years of resisting state mandates that they bear responsibility for the tons of TVs, PCs, game consoles and other e-waste flowing onto US dumps, electronics companies are changing their approach. The latest: Best Buy is trialling a program in 117 of its stores in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and San Francisco that will take back two e-waste items per day, no questions asked. Let’s hope it goes nation wide: my box of dead e-gear keeps growing, and I don’t know what to do with it!

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Charles Paugh

June 4, 2008 8:21 AM

Here in Portland, Oregon, we have a non-profit company called Free Geek that recycles old computers, printers, and monitors. Salvageable parts are removed and reused to build new PC's that are granted out to other non-profits, sold in the shop's mini-store, or given to volunteers who donate at least 24 hours to the organization. It is an amazing program that I can't believe isn't being duplicated elsewhere: www.freegeek.org

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