Best Buy, Apple Head in Different Directions with E-Cycling Programs
The days of bringing in your old and dusty electronics to trade them in for store credit appear to be over—sort of.
In a statement on its website this week, Best Buy announced several changes to its in-store electronics recycling program, which used to offer consumers a way to get a little “cash” for safely recycling their old computers, batteries, and other electronics. Now, with the cost of recycling those products skyrocketing, the tables have turned.
Best Buy began charging customers $25 this week for each TV and computer monitor that they recycle in their 1,400 stores nationwide. Meanwhile, laws in two states that prevent collection fees—Pennsylvania (thank you, Lord) and Illinois—will prevent Best Buy from accepting those items for recycling. For now, all other products—batteries, printers, computers, ink cartridges, etc.—will continue to be recycled for free.