Best Buy Canada has expanded its Electronics Take Back recycling program into Quebec, the retailer announced in a news release this morning.
Starting March 1, Quebec residents will be able to drop off their electronic waste – regardless of where it was purchased -- for free at Best Buy stores in the province during business hours. They will be limited to two items a day.
Best Buy Canada says it will then "responsibly recycle" the items. Accepted electronics include televisions, computers, peripherals, monitors, printers, mp3 players, cell phones, pagers, cameras, telephones, DVD and CD players and turntables, according to the Best Buy Canada website.
Quebec is the fourth province to be added to the company's e-waste collection program, joining British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, according to the news release. Best Buy partners with the Electronic Product Stewardship Canada's Quebec division to recycled the electronics. All of the recycling takes place in Canada, the company said.
Most Canadian provinces charge consumers an up-front environmental handling fee when electronics are purchased. Fees range from 15 cents for an mp3 player in Ontario to $42.40 for a big-screen television in Quebec.
Together with its subsidiary the Future Shop, Best Buy Canada says it recycled 5.8 million pounds of electronics, 175,000 cell phones and 45,000 pounds of batteries in 2012.