The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner at the agency’s National Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program Electronics Challenge ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The EPA distinction recognizes our commitment to electronics recycling, transparent management practices and consumer education throughout 2014. In that year alone, we sent 61,000 tons of electronics to certified recyclers. Recycling that amount is equal to taking 31,000 passenger vehicles off the road for a whole year.
Our recycling program is a key part of a larger Best Buy product stewardship story. You’ve heard the old adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.” At Best Buy, we support our customers’ products throughout their entire life cycle – repair, reuse, recycle. A full suite of services extends the life of products and makes it easy to trade up to the latest-and-greatest technology, along with providing convenient end-of-life options:
- Our Geek Squad technicians repair millions of devices a year. Prolonging a product’s life prolongs its value for our customers.
- We help customers reuse through the Best Buy Trade-In program. We accept thousands of different types of consumer electronics products to ensure they live a second useful life.
- And our customers trust us to responsibly recycle their electronics when they no longer have value. We have already recycled more than a billion pounds of e-waste.