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12 Apr: Best Buy Offers Doorstep E-waste Collection in St. Louis

In celebration of Earth Month, Best Buy will be testing a convenient new program that offers St. Louis residents free doorstep pickup of old tech and appliances for recycling. 

Since 2009, we have helped our customers recycle 2 billion pounds of tech. As the nation’s largest retail collector of e-waste, our recycling program is part of our continued commitment to protect the environment. This limited-time activation is one way we’re striving to support our customers throughout the lifecycle of their products, making it easier for them to give their tech a second life and out of landfills.

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28 Dec: How to Recycle (or Trade In) Your Old Tech

Now that the holiday season is over, you might find yourself with tech gadgets you won’t be using anymore. But don’t throw anything out just yet.

Did you know that there are ways to get more out of that old tech and help the environment, too?  

About 50 million tons of e-waste is thrown away each year, but Best Buy makes it easy to give your tech a second life. In fact, we’ve helped our customers recycle more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances since 2009.  

And who knows, maybe the laptop, video games or tablet you don’t need anymore can take on a new form and become fiber-optic cables or even an airplane.

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13 Nov: Best Buy customers are part of the solution to e-waste

[November 15 is America Recycles Day. At Best Buy, we aim to positively impact the world, enrich people’s lives through technology and contribute to the common good. We demonstrate this through our commitment to communities, people and the environment.]

The laptop, phone or tablet you’re reading this on might become part of an airplane one day — that is, if you recycle it.

At Best Buy, we have helped our customers recycle more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances since 2009, making us the largest retail collector of e-waste in the United States.

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09 Apr: For Georgia Manager, Cleaning Up The Community Is A Team Activity

Back in 2007, Melissa Freidus was bothered by how quickly trash cans around her Best Buy store in Gainesville, Georgia, were filling up with soda bottles.

One day, the solution to her garbage woes walked right through the store’s front door: a man wearing a City of Gainesville sanitation jacket.

Melissa told him she was interested in recycling and asked if he knew how she could get started. She found the right person, he told her, because he was the superintendent of solid waste for the city.

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19 Jun: After collecting 2 billion pounds of e-waste, Best Buy expands recycling program

Best Buy has helped our customers recycle 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances since 2009, and now we’re making it easier than ever to get rid of your old devices.

Our Geek Squad Agents and In-Home Advisors, who make house calls to provide consultations and other tech-support services, will now offer to take items with them to be recycled. They’ll take cables and cords, Wi-Fi gear, audio equipment and other items that don’t contain personal data — all to help you declutter safely and conveniently.

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12 Nov: Paper or plastic? New gift cards are made from trees

When it comes to selecting a gift for someone, you can rarely go wrong with a gift card to their favorite store. And now, when it’s a Best Buy gift card, you can feel good about how it’s made.

That’s because we’re saying “Bye-bye!” to plastic gift cards and “Season’s Greetings!” to gift cards made of paper.

Why the switch? It all comes down to what happens to the gift card after the last cent is spent. Our new gift cards and packaging can go right into the recycling bin.

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25 Jun: Best Buy Reports on Sustainability Progress, Goals for 2020

Best Buy today released our latest Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, including two new sustainability goals as part of our Best Buy 2020 growth strategy.

This report is where we annually share our commitments and progress in the areas of community, people and the environment. We have seen increased interest from consumers and investors for companies to make a positive impact on the world.

For Best Buy, sustainability has been a priority for more than a decade, and we are proud of our successes, which not only benefit our stakeholders but make good business sense too.

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16 Apr: Video: Best Buy and HP are Closing the Loop on Printers

We’ve teamed up with HP to take recycling one step further — by creating new printers made of plastic from old printers and other electronics from our recycling program. It’s called closed-loop recycling.

We’re excited to announce that the HP ENVY 6255, 7155 and 7855 now contain even more recycled plastic (more than 20 percent by weight). Watch this video to learn more.

 

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12 Apr: Q&A: Meet One of Best Buy’s Recycling Partners

Best Buy customers love upgrading their electronics and appliances to keep up with the latest technology. But that also means getting rid of the old stuff.

California-based Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) has been one of Best Buy’s trusted recycling partners for nearly a decade. It handles millions of old products our customers bring in. We sat down with ERI Executive Chairman John Shegerian to get his thoughts on a service industry that didn’t exist just 15 years ago.

What is ERI’s partnership with Best Buy?

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26 Dec: Trade In or Recycle the Old Tech, Enjoy the New

One of the great things about the holidays is getting to unwrap the newest and coolest devices. This year, 68 percent of U.S. adults planned to buy technology gifts, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

But getting new technology leads to an ongoing dilemma: What do you do with the old stuff?

Well, you can take advantage of trade-in or recycling programs it at Best Buy.

Try trade-in first

Some of your old gear might have some value and could be flipped for a Best Buy gift card.

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05 May: Trade-In, Recycling Programs Give Old Tech New Life

Earth Month might be over, but at Best Buy, we think about our environmental footprint every day of the year. In addition, we help our customers live more sustainably, including offering a convenient place to responsibly recycle unwanted electronics.

Before you bring in your items for recycling, check to see if your tech still has value with our Trade-In Calculator. Depending on the item, Best Buy might give you a gift card for your used tech, which will then be re-sold giving the product a new life.

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21 Apr: An Earth Day Q&A with Best Buy’s Chief Sustainability Officer

On Saturday, millions of people around the world will celebrate Earth Day, bringing added awareness to efforts to protect our planet. But that’s a year-round focus for Laura Bishop, Best Buy’s chief corporate responsibility and sustainability officer, and her team.

Laura joined Best Buy in 2003 to help launch the company’s government relations team, a role in which she helped shape environmental recycling laws across the country. She has led the company’s sustainability efforts for the past three-and-a-half years and recently was promoted to her current role.