We take to the streets to get rid of our old electronics supplies, and we hear from Best Buy's director of environmental affairs.
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cnet THE GREEN SHOW Mark Licea: Oh hey I'm Mark Licea and if you like me going through electronics is easy, but getting rid of them is the hard part. We have here a box of electronic at my old Nokia N95, some depleted AA batteries, some proportional CD's Natalie Del Conte's old MacBook battery. So we're going to take these on the street and see how easy is to cycle the stuff. Let's go. So four blocks later and I'm here RadioShack there is probably one in your neighborhood so let's go inside and see what we can recycle. So I enter the store and right under the new cell phones is a box to recycle your old cell phones. They also take a slue of reachable batteries, so let's get started. So right here on the labeling of the box you can see it takes a variety of reachable batteries. Right here I have my MacBook battery. It is a looking Lithium ion battery and on the box it does say it takes. It has to be less than two pounds. This is definitely less than two pounds, so let's do it. I am actually surprised because I thought that the only place to recycle in MacBook battery will be the Apple Store that's not the case. You also want to make sure that you don't recycle these alkaline batteries, it says so on the box, but you can recycle these rechargeable batteries. I also have a non working Siemens phone that I can get rid of, but if you have a working phone is a program you may be interested. Now RadioShack also has a program where you can exchange your working electronics for gift card a iPhone 3G will score you around a $ 170 if it's relatively good condition and you can put that money towards a new iPhone or anything else in the store. Now let's see what the other retails are doing. So unlike RadioShack the Sprints store it is not having a recycling bin, but as you can see from this sign right here they are very serious about recycling the cell phones. They do give you this prepaid posted envelope where you can drop your cell phones in here and just put them in the mail. But if you go online you can get cash back for your old broken phones for example this N95 which has seen better days will score me an $11 on Sprints website not bad. Now I just got out of best part and not surprisingly they took everything in the box they have given me a quite little recycling sticker. Now best part is the largest electronics retailer in the country and we got to talk their Environmental Affairs Director about the recycling programs. Leo Raudys: We started consumer electronic recycling program about a year ago February of 2009 and really it was born out of a need that we have saw from our customers that they needed a place to take their old stuff, that is pilling up at the garage, backs of the apartment, basement etcetera. So we started that in 2009 and it's been operating for a little over year, very, very successful, basically we'll take in pretty much any electronic item that somebody wants to recycle we got whether they bought for months and in first year we recycled over 60 million pounds of consumer electronics which was a pretty good start. cnet THE GREEN SHOW
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