The announcement was made during the e-Scrap Conference in Dallas last week. Previously, Best Buy required electronics recyclers to be certified in either of the standards. There are approximately 30 recyclers in the country that are certified in both.
The Basel Action Network created the e-Stewards standard after the group felt the R2 certification process did not go far enough to stop the export of toxic materials to developing countries.
"Best Buy's decision to ensure that all of its recycling companies obtain e-Stewards Certifications in addition to any other certifications they might hold is laudable," said Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN in a statement. "This is real leadership being demonstrated. Best Buy is providing its customers with responsible solutions for recycling the same products they sell at the end of their useful life."
Best Buy has an extensive electronics recycling program, taking back nearly any type of electronics free of charge.