Target looks to be jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to fighting e-waste by announcing today it has launched recycling stations in all of its stores. This stations, besides recycling the usual bottles and cans, are also configured to accept select small electronics.
Target said it will allow consumers to recycle small electronics, such as cell phones and MP3 players, in special, permanent recycling stations located in its over 1,700 stores nationwide. This is in addition to items like plastic shopping bags and ink cartridges, which are a major source of landfill trash. There is no mention of what Target will do though with the e-waste collected in these stations, so we hope the company chooses to handle it in a responsible manner and not just blindly hand it off to some poorly managed, developing world polluter e-waste company.
Target, besides letting you recycle these small electronics in-store, is running a promotion with Nextworth whereby you can trade in through an online program your “new or used iPod, iPhone, video game, GPS system, camera, and DVDs and Blu-ray discs for a Target GiftCard.” This gift gard is good in Target stores as well as online at Target.com.