Best Buy Audits its E-waste Recyclers to Ensure Compliance

Date: May 20, 2011

Source: Best Buy

Best Buy, the electronics retailer, said it is auditing its e-waste recyclers and their downstream partners to ensure compliance with regulations and industry standards. In addition to the audits, the company requires recyclers to be certified either to R2 (EPA) or e-Stewards (Basel Action Network) program standards. Best Buy contracts forbid recyclers to send "non-working" electronics to non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Best Buy is among a group of companies that has launched the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) led industry initiative that has a goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of e-waste annually by 2016. Best Buy collected 155 million pounds of consumer goods last year, more than half of which were consumer electronics. And, according to Leo Raudys, the retail chain's senior director of environmental sustainability, "We expect to grow by another 10 to 20 percent this year."

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