We recently wrote about the changes being made to the Greater Greenville Sanitation Department’s recycling program (you only have a little less than a week to make sure you fill out your application! Learn more here!), but these changes aren’t just confined to Upstate South Carolina. Huge changes have been happening within the recycling industry at large, and they’re not all good.
Whether you’re in the recycling business like we are, or you’re just someone looking to responsibly dispose of the old electronics building up in your home or business, these changes are going to affect what options you have as you replace old or outdated technology. For example, one of the biggest effects of the changes so far is that Best Buy, the only national retailer to operate a comprehensive electronic waste recycling program, is having to charge for the first time.
In a recent blog post that addressed the new changes, Best Buy’s VP of Public Affairs, Laura Bishop, announced that the company would now be charging $25 for each TV and computer monitor they recycle in-store, bringing them in line with what smaller ewaste recycling programs have been charging as well.
Previously, Best Buy offered this service for free, and many consumers have been up in arms about the sudden shift. The truth is, they — and the rest of us working within the ewaste industry — essentially don’t have a choice. The biggest implosion in the recycling industry has been in glass recycling. Companies that specifically handle the recycling of glass, especially the leaded glass built into CRT televisions and computer monitors, have been going out of business as profits plummet and demand for recycled glass evaporates. Leading ewaste recyclers and even huge corporations like Best Buy need to charge in order to recoup their continually mounting costs.
The issue of cost is something that has come up more than once when speaking with our residential clients, and it seems like Best Buy has been trying to mitigate customer unhappiness about the changes by emphasizing the importance of the precedent they’ve set as the first (and currently only) major national retailer to run a program even remotely similar to theirs in breadth and scope. It’s an admirable program that has really made a difference when it comes to helping raise public awareness about the importance of ewaste recycling, and we’re interested to see how these changes will affect the program in the long run.
We here at EARecycling remain committed to our mission to ensure that electronic waste is recycled safely, legally, and responsibly. Our ewaste recycling services have ensured that our clients can free up those storage rooms and unused offices previously cluttered with every sort of electronic equipment you can imagine, as well as providing them with the peace of mind they need knowing they are compliant with local, state, and federal ewaste regulations. For those concerned about data security, we provide data destruction and hard drive shredding services, with hard drive shredding costs as low as $7 per drive. Don’t risk identity theft — call EARecycling at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online to request a pickup today.

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