New year, new you, right?
This year, we should all play our part by helping minimize our e-waste through recycling and repurposing efforts. But honestly, sometimes that’s easier said than done.
We all know how to recycle an empty soda can or an old report that’s just taking up space on the desk. But when it comes to electronics, many of us draw a blank.
What’s safe to recycle? Does it need to go to a special plant? What if there’s sensitive information on it?
For all of your electronic recycling questions, Best Buy is here to help. The company is the nation’s largest retail recycler of old and used electronics, taking it off your hands regardless of who made it, what model it is, or where you bought it. Best Buy reached its goal of collecting and responsibly disposing of more than 1 billion pounds of electronics and appliances years ago, and it’s not stopping there.
Nathan Shwegman, a tech expert from Best Buy, has these tips to help you get started on decluttering the battery and headphones drawer we know you have in your kitchen.
- Almost any type of old electronics including cell phones, CD players, cords, computers, mp3 players, tablets and more can ALL be recycled at your local Best Buy.
- Check with your specific recycle location on specifications and limitations on what and how much can be recycled at one time.
Concerned about sensitive information?
- If the device has memory storage, be sure to wipe your personal data from it. If you need help, visit a local expert to ensure you’ve done this correctly.
- Take your devices to a reputable recycling outlet, like a local retailer with a recycling program or a county hazardous waste drop-off location, to ensure that your products are handled responsibly.
Not ready to part with that expensive, outdated laptop for nothing? Check if the retailer offers a trade-in or buyback program on its website.
One thing is certain – you’ve got no excuses left to let those old, unused gadgets take up space! Help Best Buy clean up our e-waste by checking out its recycling policy here.