Retailers Aim to Make Recycling Easy for Customers

Retailers Aim to Make Recycling Easy for Customers

Fewer than 25 percent of Americans recycle old, broken or unused electronics, according to a recent survey. If you're part of the majority who don't recycle electronics, these companies have new programs to make recycling easier.

Staples, which conducted the survey, accepts many items, charging a $10 fee per large item. Smaller items are taken for free. Until Nov. 17, customers who buy any Dell desktop, notebook, printer or monitor at stores in the United States can recycle one piece of old office technology per Dell item purchased for free. Visit Staples' website for more on its recycling programs.

Office Depot has unveiled its revamped consumer recycling program, offering three sizes of Tech Recycling Boxes (priced at $5, $10 and $15). Customers can buy the boxes, throw in electronics and drop the boxes back off at Office Depot stores. From Nov. 15-17 the company will give the medium-size boxes away for free with purchases of $100. Visit the Tech Recycling Boxes website for a list of accepted items and more.

Costco has launched an online recycling and trade-in service, letting members profit from recycling. Costco members can ship their used electronics for free to GreenSight Technologies in Florida, and receive a Costco cash card for items with trade-in value. Visit the trade-in site to see the worth of items and to print shipping labels.

The Staples survey found out that not only do fewer than one in four Americans recycle electronics, but 41 percent throw the items away or don't dispose of them at all. The Staples Recycling Survey was conducted by Kelton Research, which polled 1,000 American adults via an online survey in October 2007. The overall margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.