Best Buy: They recycle a ton of stuff

Day 72 – I’m a member of a Facebook group called Chicago Environmentalists. It’s a great place where people share their ideas and suggestions on recycling, zero waste living and all things related to the environment. Lately, Best Buy has come up numerous times when suggesting places to recycle various items. I thought it would be helpful to share all the items that Best Buy recycles. If you don’t see it on the list, they don’t take it. To be sure, check out each category listed on the website for items they do not accept.

Before you recycle it, see if your item qualifies for the Best Buy Trade In Program or if it can be fixed by the Geek Squad Total Tech Support.

A note from Best Buy – Recycling is intended for residents only. Products from businesses and organizations, or items that present a health or safety hazard are not accepted.

Products they recycle for free (Limit 3 items per household per day)

  1. Alarm clocks
  2. Amps and effects
  3. Audio mixers / DJ turntables
  4. Battery backups
  5. Binoculars
  6. Blu-Ray players
  7. Cables and connectors
  8. Calculators
  9. Camcorders
  10. Camera lenses
  11. Camera memory cards
  12. Casette players
  13. CB radios / scanners
  14. Curling Irons
  15. CD/DVD Drives
  16. CD players / recorders
  17. Chargers
  18. Computer mice
  19. Computer speakers / controllers
  20. Desktop computers
  21. Digital cameras / SLR cameras
  22. Digital photo frames
  23. DirecTV set-top boxes/converters
  24. DVD players / in- dash overhead DVD player / Portable DVD player
  25. Fans
  26. GPS / in-dash / outdoor / portable
  27. Hard drives
  28. Hair dryers
  29. Hair straighteners
  30. Headphones / handsfree headsets
  31. Heart monitors
  32. Home audio networking
  33. Home recording interfaces
  34. HTIB / soundbars / speakers
  35. E-readers
  36. Ink / toner cartridges – Recycle old ink cartridge and receive $2 savings on your next ink purchase of $40 or more, or recycle old toner cartridge and receive $2 savings on your next toner purchase of $100 or more.
  37. Internet TV set-top boxes/satellite receivers
  38. iPods / other MP3 players
  39. Keyboards (computer)
  40. Laptops
  41. Laptop batteries
  42. Modems / routers/ hubs
  43. Monitors – see below for fee related to monitor recycling
  44. Monitoring systems
  45. Netbooks
  46. Pedometers
  47. Phones / landline phones / mobile phones
  48. Portable gaming
  49. Portable LCD screens
  50. Portable media players
  51. Power inverter
  52. Printers / scanners / fax
  53. Projectors
  54. Radar detectors
  55. Receivers / boomboxes
  56. Recorders
  57. Remotes
  58. Satellite radio
  59. Security systems
  60. Shredders
  61. Sound / video cards
  62. Speaker systems
  63. Surge protectors
  64. Tablets
  65. TiVo
  66. Turntables
  67. TVs – see below for fee related to TV recycling
  68. TV antennas less than 3′ long
  69. Two-way radios
  70. Vacuums / stick vacuums / robot vacuums / upright canister vacuums
  71. VCRs
  72. Video game consoles
  73. Wall mounts
  74. Weather stations
  75. Web cams
  76. Wireless broadband
  77. Wiring harnesses and install kits

Products they recycle for a $29.99 fee per item (Limit two per household per day)

  1. Tube TVs smaller than 32″
  2. Flat-panel TVs: LCD, plasma, LED smaller than 50″
  3. Portable TVs
  4. Monitors

* There are no store drop-off fees in California. Stores in Connecticut and Pennsylvania do not accept TVs for drop-off.

Items they will haul away for $29.99 as long as you are having a replacement product delivered. If not replacing with new product the haul away fee is $99.99.

  1. Cooktops
  2. Dishwashers
  3. Dryers
  4. Freezers
  5. Ice makers
  6. Microwaves
  7. Ranges/stove and range hoods
  8. Refrigerators
  9. TVs
  10. Wall ovens
  11. Washers

With your help, Best Buy has collected more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances for recycling, making them the largest retail collection program in the US.

Tomorrow, breaking down the 30×30 goal.

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