Walmart, Amazon And Most Other Electronics Stores Fail At Recycling

recyclingfail lead 571x400By Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Magazine
Jul 17, 2013

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.