Best Buy Now Recycles TVs, Other Electronics for Free

The Richfield-based electronics retailer announced it will drop a $10 recycling fee it had charged to accept electronic devices with screens-including TVs and computer monitors.

Richfield-based Best Buy Company, Inc., announced Thursday that consumers can now recycle most of their old electronics at Best Buy stores for free.

Until now, the electronics retailer offered free recycling on items such as DVD players and cell phones, but it used to charge a $10 fee for those with screens, such as TVs and computer monitors.

The retailer said it is removing the charge at all its stores ahead of “America Recycles Day” on November 15, and that it will take electronics with tube screens up to 32 inches wide and flat-panel screens up to 60 inches wide at its stores, free of charge.

“We wanted to make it easier for consumers,” Best Buy spokeswoman Kelly Groehler told the Pioneer Press. “We want to encourage [recycling] as much as possible.”

Best Buy's in-store recycling program does not accept electronics with flat-screens larger than 60 inches or regular screens larger than 32 inches. The retailer, however, will pick up these big electronic items from consumers' homes for a $100 fee.

Consumers already turn in more electronics to Best Buy's in-store recycling program than through any other retailer, the company said, with 83 million pounds of electronics and 73 million pounds of appliances collected last year. The company seeks to collect 1 billion pounds of electronics by the end of 2014.

Best Buy is Minnesota's third-largest public company based on revenue. The company reported $50.3 billion in revenue for its most recently completed fiscal year.