Best Buy Wants Your E-Waste Please

A new program is underway to keep unwanted and old electronics out of landfills. Thrown-out electronics, or “e-waste,” can be recycled, but 1.5 million tons of e-waste goes into landfills across the country each year anyway. To combat this, and to encourage environmental awareness, DoSomething.org–a social advocacy group geared for teens and young adults–Best Buy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Energy Star Progam created the E-Waste Drive, where teens collect unwanted or broken electronics for recycling.

The E-Waste Drive also seeks to promote awareness of the Energy Star program, educating people about Energy Star products and the beneficial effects they have on both the environment and the bank account.

Image via Environmental Protection Agency

The drive began on August 15 and will end October 1. It calls for students to collect old electronics–cameras, cell phones, stereos, computer components and the like–from their homes and schools. The e-waste is then turned in to any Best Buy location and recycled. The drive that collects the most e-waste will receive a $500 educational grant for each team member, and the top 10 collectors will also receive prizes.

To learn more about the drive, visit this website.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

    • Fontesja@hotmail.com

      As a former best buy employee. I can tell you Best Buy is making a profit on the so called recycled productsu00a0by selling those items onnebay. There is no”recycling”, best buyu00a0u00a0has aquired a free source of used merchandise. Same has happened at everyu00a0 goverment place u00a0that says “recycling”. It should be called reselling notu00a0recycling. Wake up people, sell it on ebay or craigslist ,but dont make big corporations more greedyu00a0and rich.u00a0