Minneapolis - Best Buy has set a target to collect 1 billion pounds of old or obsolete electronics and appliances for recycling starting on Earth Day, April 22.
The retailer is asking consumers nationwide to pledge online to "Recycle It On," encouraging increased use of its recycling and trade-in programs.
On April 22, consumers can take the pledge to recycle and encourage others to do the same. The more than 1 million Facebook fans of Best Buy will be invited to take the Recycle It On pledge, an easy way to commit to recycling their own old electronics, with features to pass along to friends and encourage the same, the company said.
The application will feature a U.S. map, tracking the various types of items pledged state by state, as well as local store details to help users find their nearest Best Buy store to drop off items. The application goes live April 22 on Facebook.
The 1 billion-pound goal is a significant increase over current levels and is intended to help increase responsible consumer action and capture a greater share of the current electronics waste stream, Best Buy said.
The chain's recycling programs collected 120 million pounds of electronic goods in 2009 from U.S. consumers, including 60 million pounds of electronics and 60 million pounds of appliances. The company anticipates meeting the new goal in several years.
Best Buy offers a variety of programs to help consumers recycle, reuse, or trade in products -- all of which are detailed at
* In-store electronics recycling: Consumers can bring up to three items per day, per household, for recycling at any U.S. or Puerto Rico Best Buy store. Best Buy accepts most consumer electronics, with a few exceptions. A $10 recycling fee per unit will be charged for some items with screens; consumers will instantly receive a $10 Best Buy gift card in exchange for the recycling fee. (This fee does not apply in certain states, and does not apply for any Best Buy Exclusive-Branded products, such as Insignia, Dynex and VPR Matrix, the company said.) Hard drives must be removed from computers prior to recycling. Consumers should select their state from the drop-down menu at
to view program details specific to their local areas.
* Recycling kiosks: At the front of every store, ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cellphones, CDs, DVDs, PDA/smartphones and Best Buy gift cards can be dropped off for free recycling.
* Appliance and television haul-away: Best Buy will remove an old or obsolete appliance or television free of charge from a consumer's home when a new product is purchased and delivered by Best Buy Home Delivery or Geek Squad Home Theater Installation Service.
* Appliance and television pick-up: For $100, Best Buy will arrange a home visit to remove up to two appliance units and/or televisions for recycling, with $20 for each additional unit.
consumers can to exchange select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift card.