Walmart Receives Failing Grade for Efforts to Help Consumers Recycle Electronics
Only three electronics retailers are making a serious effort to help consumers recycle our old electronics: Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot. Four others have very limited programs, but most of the retailers (9 of the 16 researched by the Electronics Takeback Coalition) have no real recycling program, including Walmart and Amazon, which are the second and third biggest electronics retailers, after Best Buy. (Amazon recycles its Kindles only.)
Moving a Giant…
Walmart released their 2011 Global Responsibility Report but they still have not made a commitment to provide consumers with convenient, responsible recycling for electronic waste in their stores. Best Buy has been providing electronics recycling in all their stores since 2009.
Tell Walmart to stop lagging on electronics recycling and starting leading (If you are on a smartphone, go to Walmart’s main Facebook page and click on “What’s on Your Mind.”)
Here’s a sample message:
“I am contacting Walmart to request electronic waste recycling options nationwide, something that Best Buy already does. Over 25,000 people have already sent letters and emails to your company asking for this program, yet all you have responded with is a limited trade-in program. When will you do something to offer all your customers free and convenient recycling for their old electronics?”
Thanks for making your voice heard today!