Information and Technology

Recycling E-Waste

Story posted September 08, 2010

If you're looking to unburden yourself of your electronic past, you have a few local options.

The new Best Buy in The College Store on Maine Street collects all types of electronic goods, and they don't need to be purchased from the store. The limit, though, is two items per day, and there's a $10 fee for TVs and monitors, which will be reimbursed in the form of store credit. Also the store won't accept anything larger than a 32-inch tube TV or a 60-inch flat-panel TV or monitor.

And the Brunswick landfill takes any type of electronic good from people who have a dump permit including televisions, speakers, scanners, keyboards, monitors, cellphones, rechargeable batteries and video game consoles.

The Goodwill Store in Topsham, too, will accept people's computers and televisions to recycle.

Best Buy opened last April. As one of the biggest electronic retailers in the world, Best Buy unloads tons of electronics into the environment, so has created an e-recycling program to compensate for the inevitable waste that accompanies this, according to John Thibodeau, Topsham's Best Buy's solution supervisor.

And for the sake of the customer, Best Buy does not recycle hard drives, which have to be removed from old computers before they can be accepted. Best Buy employees can help remove a hard drive as well.

For more information about Best Buy's e-waste program, go to http://www.bestbuy.com/recycling or email  itequipment@bowdoin.edu.