Walmart, Amazon And Most Other Electronics Stores Fail At Recycling

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It's time to get rid of your ancient bulky televisions, printers and VCRs, and get newer, more space-efficient gadgets. But what do you do with your old gadgets? Ideally, you would be able to bring them back to the store where you bought them and drop them off to be recycled, but as a new report card shows, there aren't very many retailers in the nation that make that possible or convenient. 

According to a report released today by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, nine of the nation's top 16 electronics retailers failed the recycling test, which graded the companies' recycling programs based on 20 criteria including convenience, transparency, collection volumes  and responsible recycling. Only Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot were deemed to have effective recycling programs, leading the race ahead of other companies with their policy to take back all or most categories of electronic products and making that process easy for consumers.

"But there is a much bigger number of disappointing laggards," said National Coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition Barbara Kyle, "who are selling us billions of dollars of electronics each year and are doing nothing to help consumers recycle them later."

These "disappointing laggards" include retail giants Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Sears, who failed because they either have no recycling program, or take back only one item.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  • MasterTradeinGuy Says:

    The point is actually being missed by Masterslave. The take back programs are really related to taking back and recycling electronics from consumers. The Tradein programs are self sustaining since they actually provide value to the consumer and value to the retailer by increasing spending in store on their website. Consumers need to have a means of recycling unwanted or now useless or non-working electronics. Best Buy did have a program for this but recently announced that a recycling charge will apply to anyone who wants to recycle the consumer electronics they no longer want - working or not. Some greedier retailers are even trying to pad profits on the Tradein programs resulting in lower effective use and angry consumers. someone needs to come up with a good program and Best Buy or WalMart or the best choices to do that since they have a physical presence and sell most of the items that need recycling anyway.

  • TheMasterslave Says:

    Respectfully you're completely off base. They're called trade in programs. Can't speak to Walmart's program, if they even have one, but Amazon's is superb at offering fair value with an effortless process. You get Amazon credit which you can use to buy anything including used items like the used iPhone 5 case I'm currently expecting delivery on today. For me this is the most optimal "recycle" program ever conceived.

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