Best Buy eliminates e-waste fee

Best Buy Co., Inc. has eliminated the $10 recycling fee for electronics items with screens collected through its nationwide in-store electronics recycling program. The elimination of the fee for items with screens expands the convenience of these programs; consumers can now drop off any item, including those with screens (up to 32” for tube screens, and up to 60” for flat panel screens), free of charge.

The in-store recycling program accepts such items as televisions and computer monitors, DVD players, audio and video cables, cell phones and more.

Consumers currently recycle more technology through Best Buy than any other retailer nationwide: its comprehensive programs collected 83 million lbs. of electronics and 73 million lbs. of appliances in 2010, and the company has established an ambitious goal to collect 1 billion total lbs. of electronics by the end of 2014.

Best Buy works only with certified third-party electronics recyclers, all of which carry either R2 or eStewards certification, which handle the recycling of electronics collected nationwide through all Best Buy recycling programs.