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Sears Launches TV Recycling Program

Sears recently announced a new television recycling program for California residents.  that offers either free drop-off recycling service at one of the company’s full-service stores, or haul-away service for a fee, according to a company press release.

For a $75 fee, the company said it will schedule a pickup time and come to a customer’s house to haul away their old television set, with a $25 charge for each additional set. Customers buying a new set from Sears and having it delivered to their home are offered the service for a reduced fee of $10.

According to the press release, 23 percent of households are planning to buy a high-definition set over the next year.

The company also recently rolled out its ‘Big Switch’ initiative, encouraging customers to replace older, less energy efficient appliances with newer Energy Star models. That initiative coincides with the launch of its new website promoting Energy Star appliances.

The moves come as other companies are launching consumer appliance recycling initiatives. Best Buy recently joined the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program, while Samsung, Capital One, and Wells Fargo all committed to an electronic waste recycling initiative.

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2 thoughts on “Sears Launches TV Recycling Program

  1. I would be leary of Sears’ big switch initiative to trade in older appliances (especially if they still work) for new Energy Star appliances. My Kenmore He4 dryer stopped working after only 4 years. How is a manufacturer sustainable if they produce appliances with a short life expectancy? In addition to television recycling, Sears should initiate a recall program for the defective Kenmore washers and dryers that customers are having so many problems with. If the recall doesn’t happen, then the carbon footprint it took to manufacture these products was in vain.

  2. I don’t see why this is a big deal. Anyone can already pay a hauling fee. Sears needs to offer free pick-up if customers are purchasing their t.v. and electronics. We can give to our local landfills and they can recycle for a profit. How is this effort helping the consumer? Why should the consumer go out of its way to recycle with sears rather than the city?

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