Slow and steady wins the race, huh? In this case, he who recycles most comes out on top.
The top 16 electronics retailers [excluding retailers that are also manufactures like Apple, HP and Dell] were examined in a recent report to determine who the top contenders are when it comes to taking back and recycling the electronics they sell.
In the graphic provided by Electronics Takeback Coalition, three companies clearly stood out for their electronics recycling programs.
In first place, Staples outshines the rest. In fact, Staples was the only company out of the top electronics retailers to disclose volume of products coming back for recycling and reuse. This retailer is one of the few with drop off locations for monitors and printers for certified electronics recycling.
Best Buy is a close second and is uniquely the only retailer to take back each category of electronics it sells, including TVs. This company is actually doing the most of any retailer to recycle TVs. In-store, they will accept TVs up to 32 inches. In home delivery, their experts will take away your old TV. Even if you aren’t getting anything delivered, Best Buy will come haul away a TV for free!
Bringing up the rear is Office Depot. While this company claims to not discriminate against any category of electronics, their recycling program involves a drop box is too small for that items such as TVs and select printers.
The rest of the electronics retailers lag way behind in electronics recycling. Some have yet to set up any sort of program at all!