Best Buy Pilots Recycling Program

Best Buy is testing an electronics recycling program in 117 stores, according to the company. The program launched June 1, with stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota markets. Customers can bring in up to two electronic devices per day, per household, for recycling at no charge.

Items that may be recycled include televisions and monitors up to 32 inches, computers, phones, cameras and other peripherals. Items that won't be accepted are televisions or monitors greater than 32 inches, console televisions, air conditioners, microwave ovens and appliances. Best Buy has a separate haul-away program for appliances, according to the Minneapolis-based company. Best Buy said it will evaluate the success of the program and then determine whether it will be rolled out to other markets and stores.

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so BB makes money by selling old electronics that you donate for free. sounds great.

ah, but i see in the trade in thingy that they send you a GC... that's not so bad.

It doesn't directly say in the article, but I wonder. Are these items being disposed of in an environmentally friendly way here in the U.S., or are they being packed into shipping containers so some kid in China can dig through scattered remains for 20 cents a day?