EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Challenge

Used Electronics Collection Data

Total Used Electronics:
78,662.00 metric tons
Businesses & Institutions:
0.00 metric tons
Consumers:
78,662.00 metric tons
Total:
78,662.00 metric tons
Non-Voluntary Channels:
0.00 metric tons
Voluntary Channels:
78,662.00 metric tons
Total:
78,662.00 metric tons
Equipment:
77,269.00 metric tons
Cell Phones and other Mobile Devices:
56.00 metric tons
Accessories:
1,337.00 metric tons
Total:
78,662.00 metric tons

Recycling Data

Total sent to third-party certified recyclers from All Streams:
78,662.00 metric tons
Percentage sent to third-party certified recyclers:
100.00%

State by State Reporting

Total Metric Tons Collected:
% of Total that is Derived from an Estimate:
Episodic Collection Event(s):
No
Permanent Collection Site(s):
Yes
Description of Methodology Used for Estimating Data, if Applicable:
All of our state specific weight is 100% derived from an estimate. Here is a brief explanation of the methodology:
All products collected from Best Buy’s Consumer Electronic Recycling and Haul Away programs are consolidated at Best Buy’s Distribution Centers and recycled by contracted electronics recycling partners. Customer recycling transactions at the store level are recorded through Best Buy’s point of sale system and transportation of product from store to distribution center is recorded through bills of lading. The total volume of weight processed by each recycling partner is allocated back to the state of origin using BOLs and total weight by state is allocated to individual state-specific Best Buy stores based on the distribution of customer recycling transactions. Absent a manner of allocating non-state specific weight in the SMM database, Best Buy non-specific state weight added to the State of Wyoming total weight.

Other Reporting Requirements

Mass Balance/Tracking Throughput

Have you verified that all recycling vendors used by your company are required to fully account for the organization's used electronics as they enter and leave each facility used?
Yes
Provide the methodology used for verification:
Yes. All of our recycling partners use mass balance accounting to account for all Best Buy weight entering and leaving. Mass balancing accounting practices are verified through Best Buy's third party audits. All of our state specific weight is 100% derived from an estimate. Here is a brief explanation of the methodology: All products collected from Best Buy’s Consumer Electronic Recycling and Haul Away programs are consolidated at Best Buy’s Distribution Centers and recycled by contracted electronics recycling partners. Customer recycling transactions at the store level are recorded through Best Buy’s point of sale system and transportation of product from store to distribution center is recorded through bills of lading. The total volume of weight processed by each recycling partner is allocated back to the state of origin using BOLs and total weight by state is allocated to individual state-specific Best Buy stores based on the distribution of customer recycling transactions. Absent a manner of allocating non-state specific weight in the SMM database, Best Buy non-specific state weight added to the State of Wyoming total weight.

Beyond 3rd Party Certification Standards

List company policies or programs for vendors that go beyond third-party certification standards, and verify that the policies are followed by each recycler used.
Best Buy promotes responsible environmental stewardship by requiring all recyclers retained by Best Buy to comply with standards regarding the reuse, refurbishment or recycling of products collected through our programs and the disposal of waste generated from the recycling process. The Best Buy Recycling Standards can be found at: /site/Global-Promotions/Recycle-Guidelines/pcmcat174700050010.c?id=pcmcat174700050010.
Our company has verified that all of these policies and/or programs are being followed by each recycler used.
Yes
Website where company policies or programs that go beyond third-party certification standards are listed:
/site/Global-Promotions/Recycle-Guidelines/pcmcat174700050010.c?id=pcmcat174700050010

Due Diligence

Have you verified that your company conducts due diligence to ensure that the certified recycler of first entry into the system, as well as vendors receiving materials after the examined by the company's auditors at least semi-annually to ensure safe management practices? (If a certified body conducts an annual audit, only one additional in-person or paper audit is required per year)
Yes
Provide the methodology used for verification:
All Best Buy electronics recycling partners are required to maintain R2 and eStewards certifications and a certified Environmental Management System. In addition, Best Buy utlizes independent third party auditors to conduct onsite inspections at primary and downstream recyclers. Third party auditors are activated annually.

Certified Recyclers and Programs

Is this information included in the final, publicly-posted report?
No
List names of certified recycler(s) used and certification programs:
  1. Electronics Recyclers International, R2 and e-Stewards
  2. Sims Recycling Solutions, R2 and e-Stewards
  3. Regency Technologies, R2

Education & Outreach

List and describe public education and outreach activities on safe management of used electronics and available collection opportunities.
Best Buy provides free, permanent collection sites at all of our retail locations and, in addition, haul away recycling. Best Buy posts all materials accepted for recycling and services on www.bestbuy.com/recycle. Public outreach is managed locally by participating in community fairs and events to promote the program. Each local store also supports a page on the website to provide education and outreach on the recycling programs.
Website where public education and outreach activities are listed:
http://bestbuy.com/recycle

Company Policies Favoring Recycling and Reuse

List and describe company policies that favor recycling and reuse of electronics equipment and/or components, as opposed to energy recovery, incineration, or land disposal.
The Best Buy Recycling Standards outline these requirements for the electronics recycling process: Recycling Hierarchy: Recycler uses available processes and techniques which minimize the waste and environmental impact generated during the recycling process. Incineration or Land Disposal: Recycler does not utilize incineration or land disposal for equipment or components and will not use these technologies as a primary management strategy for waste generated during the recycling process. Reuse and Refurbishment: Recycler screens all equipment and components to determine if it is practical to reuse equipment or components or refurbish equipment or components to be reused for the original intended purpose. Data Security: Recycler processes all hard drives and similar data storage devices in a way that renders all data unrecoverable. Recycling: Recycler responsibly manages the recycling process and material in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts for all equipment and components that have reached end-of-life. Export: Recycler and downstream service providers do not sell or export outside of developed countries (the OECD) any nonworking equipment or components.

Website

List website where EPA provided baseline/annual tier data is publicly posted:
http://bestbuy.com/recycle
Notes:

Businesses & Institutions: The amount of used electronics collected for recycling and/or reuse from businesses and institutions, or from the management of the IT equipment associated with the participant's own operations and off spec production waste.

Consumers: The amount of used electronics collected for recycling and/or reuse from consumers at collection sites, through episodic collection events, or through mail-back programs.

Non-Voluntary Channels: The amount of used electronics collected for recycling and reuse via contractual activities, such as leasing transactions, warranty returns, or from the management of the IT equipment associated with the participant's own operations.

Voluntary Channels: The amount of used electronics collected for recycling and reuse via non-contractual activities, such as consumer collection events or take-back programs. This could include both business and consumer data and electronics collected in association with State take back laws.

Total Collected for Reuse and Recycling: This is the total amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling, including the amount sent to certified and non-certified recyclers. It should equal the sum of the amount collected from businesses and institutions and the amount collected from consumers. Similarly, it also should equal the sum of the amount collected via non-voluntary channels and voluntary channels. Also see below for definitions of 'reuse' and 'all streams'

Equipment: Defined as electronics equipment such as central processing units (CPUs), desktops, laptops, televisions, printers, monitors, copiers, fax machines, scanners, imaging equipment, radios, tablets, e-readers, slates, netbooks, and heavy equipment such as servers. It further includes any other or new (future) types of equipment that are designed primarily to store or convey information electronically and have a 4-inch screen or larger measured diagonally.

Cell Phones & Other Mobile Devices: Defined as electronic equipment such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), organizers, tablets, e-readers, slates, smart phones, compact disc players, gaming systems, calculators, MP3 devices. It also includes any other or new (future) types of equipment that are designed primarily to store or convey information electronically and that are lightweight, mobile in design, and have a 4-inch screen or less measured diagonally.

Accessories: Defined as headphones, speakers, CDs, printers, toner cartridges, USB sticks, keyboards, game system accessories, cables, chargers, and other small, miscellaneous items as defined by the Participant. It further includes any other or new (future) types of accessories to either the equipment or cell phone and other mobile devices equipment. The participant is welcome to provide a separate breakout of any of the items listed as accessories.

Total sent to third-party certified recyclers: For the purposes of the SMM Electronics Challenge, the term "recycler" denotes refurbisher or recycler certified to a recognized third-party certified recycling program. Similarly, the term "recycling" denotes recycling, refurbishment and reuse. Currently, Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and e-Stewards are the only recognized certification standards for recyclers. However, EPA may recognize additional standards at a later date. Also see definition of 'all streams' below.

Reuse: Denotes an electronics object, or component of an electronics object that is used again by a different owner either for its original purpose or for a similar purpose, without significantly altering the physical form of the object or material. The electronics object may be cleaned, repaired, or refurbished between uses.

All Streams: Denotes used electronics collected for recycling or reuse from the various return streams used by the participant including: consumer takeback programs; asset recovery programs; retired lease returns; collection events; trade-in programs; etc.

Baselines:Previous year's results become baseline for the following year.

Episodic Collection Sites: Defined as collection points (including periodic public events such as Earth Day or sporting events) that are available to consumers episodically and not in a permanent, year-round basis.

Permanent Collection Sites: Defined as collection points operated by the organization (including physical location or mail-in programs) where consumers have access to used electronics collection on a year-round basis.