Best Buy sets new high for recycling electronics



By Martin Moylan, MPR News

“ST. PAUL, Minn. — Best Buy reached a new high for recycling last year, as the retailer collected 173 million pounds of unwanted appliances and electronics In-store electronics recycling collections have been growing at a 20 percent annual clip for several years, said Leo Raudys, the retailer’s senior director for environmental stability.

“About half of the weight we collect is TVs, and most of that is still the old tube TVs,” Raudys said. “So there’s quite a bit more out there than you would imagine. About 30 percent of the rest of the weight is computer monitors. Again, very heavy. A lot of glass. And the rest is made up of things like desktops and laptops and miscellaneous electronics.”

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  • Maristella

    173 million pounds? Wow, that’s really a lot. Bet it gets a lot more every year and I’m glad that there are companies such as Best Buy, eCycleBest, Earth911 and really a lot of companies out there that are seriously into helping people learn to recycle.