In-store take-back programs are designed to help consumers return products for reuse. Generally, retail stores, hospitals, town halls, houses of worship, and other destinations set up collection bins for such products as batteries, plastic bags, electronics, cell phones, CFLS, products with mercury, and refrigerants, for consumers’ convenience. The collection location works with a manufacturer or disposal agency to ready the materials for reuse or recycling.
Waste and pollution are prevented when products and their components are reused through in-store take-back programs, Many electronic products contain significant amounts of precious and resources, such as lead, copper, gold, and leach, which may be harmful if disposed of in landfills or incinerators. The recycling of metals avoids additional destruction to the land from mining. If one million desktop computers were recycled, the annual emissions equal to 16,000 cars would be avoided.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Farley Funeral Home
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Examples of Boston Area Businesses with in-store take back programs
- EPA Reuse & Recycle Programs
- Clean Air Council
- USGS: Recycled Phones
- Electronics Take Back Coalition: Manufacturer Programs
- Electronic Take Back Fact Sheet
In The News
- “5 Ways to Get People to Recycle More Electronics” GovTech, March 2015
- “America Recycles Day: Will You Recycle Your Old PC, Cell Phone?” PCMAG, Nov 2010
- “Recycle Computers to Save Resources” PR, Dec 2010