March 4, 2015
Suzanne HilkerStaff Writer
Teaming up with Recycle Across America, Best Buy transformed its corporate campus with the latest and greatest in recycling and composting.
The practice of recycling has been around for decades, but waste remains a global issue. At Best Buy, we are looking to achieve an 85 percent landfill diversion rate of recyclable waste from our corporate campus, large-format stores, logistics and service centers by 2020.
How are we going to do this? Several initiatives are in progress in our stores and distribution centers to drive down the amount of material going to landfill and increase the volume diverted for recycling. At our corporate campus, we recently tripled the amount of places to compost and recycle and made the sorting process simple – increasing the amount diverted from landfill.
Enter Recycle Across America, a non-profit that created standardized signage for recycling that is proven to dramatically increase recycling rates. Every place we collect waste on our corporate campus now has a clear, consistent sign (with pictures!), created by Recycle Across America. Everything from the colors chosen to the images on each sign and the specific language used were researched and tested, and shown to resonate with the general population.
The standardized signs are catching on. Schools are adopting them (more than 3,000 of them), and other businesses too, like Disney and NBCUniversal. We are proud to be part of this movement.
And as every good sustainability initiative does, this will also save the company money in landfill fees and taxes. To learn more, visit recycleacrossamerica.org. To read about more Best Buy sustainability initiatives, check out corporate.bestbuy.com/sustainability.