Guest Author - Dale Y the Maintenance Guy
This one of those great ideas that should have been implemented before, but is just now taking shape. The electronic supermart Best Buy is now taking E-waste to be recycled. Imagine that, the store that sells more electronics than anyone else, is finally getting on the green bandwagon, and offering to take in all those older computers, televisions, and other electronic gadgets, for free!
Now then, this is just a trial run going on to ascertain the whys and wherefores of doing something like this, since it has never been attempted by such a large retailer before. So far, it is limited to stores mainly in the upper midwest, northern California, Virginia and Washington, D.C. It is hoped that once all the bugs can be worked out of this system, Best Buy will offer this service at every one of their 900 plus stores. This will solve a huge recycling problem for people who have all this e-waste laying around, and never know what to do with it.
This is one of those things that not too many people think about. Virtually every modern electronic device has some form of heavy metal inside, as well as chemical coatings and coverings that will eventually leach out into any landfill where they are deposited. And although virtually every large sized community has some form of E-waste recycling program, they aren't always convenient to use or easy to find. Having a Best Buy near you that will accept E-waste for free, makes it certainly easier to do the right thing, and get those items where they belong and not into landfills.
While they won’t take everything, a quick call to the nearest Best Buy will give you the rundown on what they actually will accept, as well as letting you know if they are a part of the recycling program itself. Since every store had already been accepting things like cell phones, ink cartridges and used up batteries for recycling, they already have a core idea of how to expand the program and make it work. Having one major electronics retailer take this simple step, will hopefully open the doors for others to do the same.
All I can say is kudos for Best Buy. A service implemented that will help in the battle to dispose of E-waste properly. No matter what else, ya gotta like that!