I found a secret weapon for taking your unused, broken, and obsolete electronics off your hands and out of your closets.
Recycling electronics can be hard, I get it. Municipalities and local government usually hold electronic recycling or e-waste collection drives, but they are never convenient and always random.
They might take place once a season or once a month if you are lucky.
My parents have been hoarding old electronics for years and I had been holding on to them to recycle with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, but then the program was suspended and we weren’t sure what to do with them anymore.
Let me just hold on to the 6 different cords that came with my digital camera in 2006 just a little bit longer.
Another 4 months won’t hurt. Anything to make sure it does not end up in a landfill and that all hazardous materials are disposed of properly.
You know what is convenient? Getting rid of your old printer from college (that no longer prints) when you actually want to get rid of it.
And that is what you can do when you just take your electronics to Best Buy for recycling. They will take anything (almost), no matter where you bought it or how old it is.
You can even get discounts on new products for recycling your old products. I broke my broken Fitbit there when I purchased a new one.
Don’t worry about having to call your nearby Best Buy to see if they will take your e-junk. All U.S. stores offer the in-store programs, and they really want your stuff because…
Best Buy’s goal is to recycle 2 billion pounds of electronics by the end of 2020.
So far, Best Buy has collected and responsibly disposed of more than 1 billion pounds of electronics and appliances, making them the largest retail collection program in the U.S.
So go through your closet. Round up some of the stuff listed below and bring it to Best Buy to be taken care of properly.
- rechargeable batteries
- wires, cords, & cables
- DVD players
- web cams
- tablets & e-readers
- phone chargers
- cell phones
- printer ink & toner
- alarm clocks
- CD players
- speaker systems
- curling irons
- hair dryers
- hair straighteners
- pedometers & heart monitors
- video game consoles
- memory cards
- digital cameras
- digital photo frames
- GPS systems
Get going! You know you have at least 5 of these things lying around!