Best Buy testing free eWaste recycling program

Under pressure to help dispose some of the electronic waste it helped create, Best Buy Co. is testing a free program that will offer consumers a convenient way to ensure that millions of old TVs, computers, and other unwanted gadgets don’t poison the nation’s dumps, the Associated Press reports. The trial covers 117 Best Buy stores scattered across eight states that will collect a wide variety of electronic detritus at no charge, even if the Richfield, Minn.-based retailer didn’t originally sell the merchandise. The pilot stores are in Best Buy’s Northern California, Minneapolis, and Baltimore markets, as well as parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Depending on how the test goes, the nation’s largest electronics retailer might expand the recycling program to all of its 922 stores in the United States. "We want to take the time to learn if we can handle this before we go any further," said Best Buy spokeswoman Kelly Groehler. "We know the need is there, and the waste stream is there. We think everyone needs to bear some responsibility for this–consumers, retailers, and manufacturers." As it is, Best Buy’s test is believed to be the most extensive free electronics recycling program by a major retailer so far…

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