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.)

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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!

Take Action

Let Walmart Know How You Feel!

You can help press Walmart to start e-Cycling by contacting them via social media: Post a photo today on Walmart's "Fan Photo of the Week" Facebook page calling on the company to take back e-waste for recycling. You can also post the following message, or paraphrase it in your own words:

"Walmart should offer electronic waste recycling options nationwide, something that Best Buy already does. When will you do something to offer all your customers free and convenient recycling for their old electronics?"

Contribute to Help Get the Work Done

Texas Campaign for the Environment is the lead organization working to convince Walmart to take back and recycle old electronics. Your support is what makes our campaigns successful! You can help us accomplish this important goal today — over 90% of our funding comes from small, individual contributions from folks just like you. Can you pitch in today?

Media Coverage

TCE Calls on Walmart to Do More than Give Loans to Local Government Recycling Programs
April 29, 2014

Upon learning that Walmart and major brands such as Proctor and Gamble are setting up the "Closed Loop Fund" to provide loans for local recycling programs, Robin Schneider, Texas Campaign for the Environment's Executive Director issued this statement:

"For nearly three years we have been pressing Walmart to stand up for recycling by taking back electronic waste in their stores. While we hope that the new Closed Loop Fund will help keep materials out of landfills and incinerators, we urge Walmart to do more.

Just as they have used their position to get major consumer brands to support municipal recycling, they should now turn to electronics manufacturers to offer a real solution for e-waste. Consumers should be able to bring back their used electronics to Walmart stores so recycling is as easy as buying a computer or TV.

We support producer takeback recycling with manufacturers and retailers working together to provide sustainable solutions to communities across Texas and the United States."

Walmart Receives Flunking Grade on Retailer Report Card for Efforts to Curtail E-waste
Public News Service
July 16, 2013

The Electronics Takeback Coalition has found that while Office Depot, Staples and Best Buy are scoring high in efforts to improve electronics recycling, Walmart still has a long way to go. Click to read the full report card.

As Leading Retailer Turns 50, Will It Take Lead on E-Waste?
Public News Service
June 4, 2012

More than 100 faith leaders from all 50 states signed an "Open Letter to Walmart on Stewardship of Electronic Waste." It was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to coincide with a star-studded, early 50th-birthday celebration at Walmart's annual shareholders' meeting Friday in Arkansas. The letter urged Walmart to give consumers an easy way to drop off e-waste.

Interfaith Coalition Urges Walmart to “Take It Back”
Leon Kaye,
June 6, 2012

It is proxy season, which means all kinds of shareholder resolutions and protests are targeting some of America’s largest companies for a host of reasons. One company in the crosshairs is Walmart, the focus of organizations including the Texas Campaign for the Environment and Take It Back Walmart. Both organizations have published a letter to Walmart urging the discount retail giant to do more about e-waste.

How Best Buy makes money recycling America's electronics
Adam Aston,
April 24, 2012

Retailing giant Best Buy has seen its recycling take-back program grow from a costly gamble into a fast-growing business that’s making a little bit of money. “It’s profitable. But just barely,” said Leo Raudys, senior director of environmental sustainability at Best Buy. “People still don’t believe it.”

Report shows increase in demand for products made to decrease environmental impact
Karina Ramirez, Denton Record-Chronicle
April 22, 2012

…TCE’s latest target is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The “Take it Back Walmart” campaign began in the fall of 2011.

“Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, and 13 percent of its sales come from entertainment products such as TVs, computers, monitors and iPads,” Schneider said. “Recycling for this century is for the producer of the product to do the recycling, to keep stuff out of the landfills and to redesign the product so that it can be easily recyclable.”

Wearing the Earth Day E-Gear Green
Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Inquirer Online
April 19, 2012

Slamming Walmart:
Walmart’s newly released 2012 Global Responsibility Reports touts waste reduction as its #1 achievment in 2011. But the Texas Campaign for the Environment says the retail giant is doing zilch to collect used electronics at its stores, unlike prime CE competitor Best Buy.