Best Buy Rolls Out Pick-up Service for Electronics Recycling
Richfield-based tech retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. on Wednesday announced plans for a new electronics recycling pick-up program.
For $200, the retailer will send employees to customers’ homes to pick up old electronics and appliances for recycling.
The service covers up to two large appliances like fridges and TVs, along with an unlimited number of smaller products, such as cameras and gaming consoles.
“We feel we have an important role to play in helping our planet, including being there for the entire lifecycle of a product – from the time a customer starts shopping until that product is responsibly recycled,” said Tim Dunn, Best Buy’s head of environmental sustainability, in a press release. “This new service will make this important work even more convenient for customers.”
The pick-up service started as a test pilot in St. Louis last year.
Best Buy already offers a cheaper recycling option for customers when they buy a large product. Customers can pay $30 to have their old TV, fridge, or other large product recycled if they’re buying a new one. The new program is designed for customers who aren’t buying anything new and “simply need old products hauled away,” according to Best Buy’s website.
And customers can, of course, drop off their old electronics at a Best Buy store for free. The retailer permits customers to bring up to three tech products per day for recycling. The company also offers a trade-in program which provides gift cards in exchange for items that may still have value.
When products are picked up, they’re sent to a recycling partner where they get recycled, repaired, or repurposed into other products. Best Buy says it has recycled 2 billion pounds of e-waste since 2009. The company says that its new home pick-up service is the first of its kind for a national retailer.