1. Best Buy:This retail giant makes it easy for you to get rid of unwanted consumer electronics, regardless of where they were purchased. Simply bring your product into a store and they'll recycle it free of charge. Plus, if you have a gently used electronic that you purchased at Best Buy, you can opt for its trade-in program and receive store credit based on the item's trade-in value.
3. Verizon: Appraise your cell phone or tablet (any carrier, any condition) with and if it can be reused, it'll give you a Verizon gift card. If it can't be reused, Verizon fully recycles the device to keep it entirely out of landfills. You can also take a charitable approach and donate your used cell phones, batteries, and accessories to HopeLine, Verizon's program that supports victims of domestic violence.
4. Staples: Staying true to the "that was easy" motto, allows you to bring in used office technology products, rechargeable batteries, and ink and toner cartridges to any store and they'll recycle it for free. If you're a Staples Rewards member, you'll get $2 back for each ink or toner cartridge to use towards future purchases.
5. Apple: To get an Apple gift card in exchange for your old device, simply visit the site, fill out details about your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, and Apple will send you a complimentary shipping label. After a third party evaluates the device, you'll receive an Apple gift card if your device has resale value. If it doesn't, Apple will recycle it for you for free.
6. Lowe's: Whether you're looking to dispose of paints, plastic gardening tools, bulbs, or batteries, is equipped to recycle an array of household items at no cost to you. On its website, check off which items you'd like to recycle and it'll direct you to the nearest Lowe's that can accommodate your item.
7. Office Depot: If you're looking to dispose of cell phones, PDAs, rechargeable batteries, or ink cartridges, you can bring these items to any and they'll recycle them for free. You can also recycle other technology (i.e. cameras, computers, and DVD players to name a few), but you'll need to purchase a recycling box from Office Depot ($5-$15, available at any Office Depot store). Fill up the box with your unwanted electronics and bring it back unsealed to the store, where they'll take care of the recycling.
8. Radio Shack: Trade in your old electronics for credit either in stores or through its website. They'll appraise your product and will give you store credit for its value. If it's not in good enough shape for resale, they'll still recycle it for you.
9. Home Depot: Bring in cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and CFL bulbs to stores, where they'll recycle these items for you at no charge. There are convenient recycling centers located at participating Home Depot stores.
10. Walmart: This mega store offers several recycling options. First, if you're recycling an electronic, you can drop it off at participating stores. Samsung phones can be recycled for free, but other brands have a small charge. Second, you can opt for a trade-in program, where you register your device online, send it in to Walmart with a prepaid label, and in return get a Walmart giftcard for qualifying items. Lastly, you can opt for a similar trade-in with Walmart's warehouse store, Sam's Club.
11. H&M: If you're looking to get rid of clothing (regardless of where you bought it), offers recycling bins at most of its stores. If the clothing is in good condition, it will get reused. If not, H&M will recycle the items for you. Even better, they'll give you a discount voucher towards your purchase when you bring in your clothing drop offs.
12. Patagonia: Through their Commons Thread Partnership, is encouraging customers to bring in their used Patagonia clothing to be resold or recycled. Patagonia helps you sell your used item on eBay if it's in good condition. If not, you can take it into a Patagonia store and they'll recycle it for free.
In addition to these retailers, several other brands are taking steps towards helping customers recycle. For instance, Nike launched "Reuse-A-Shoe," where it turns athletic footwear into materials for playground and athletic surfaces, and Sony offers both recycling and trade-in programs.
Interested in learning more ways to reduce and reuse? See our tips to help you reduce waste.