Home Depot will provide two, month-long trade-in campaigns in its 2,220 retail stores, one focused on power drills and another for holiday lights.
The Power Drill Trade In, Trade Up campaign is already in full swing and will run through Nov. 8. It offers the chance to not only recycle old drills and their batteries for free, but customers will also receive a 15 percent discount on new drills.
Home Depot is pushing lithium-ion powered drills because they are more environmentally friendly than drills that use nickel cadmium (NiCad) batteries. Cadmium is a toxic metal, while lithium-ion batteries have a lower discharge rate and are also lighter in weight.
The retailer will focus on the holidays starting in November, offering its second annual Eco Options Christmas Light Trade In program.
Running from Nov. 5 through 15, the program will offer a $3-off coupon toward the purchase of light-emitting diode (LED) string lights for customers who bring in holiday lights for recycling.
LED lights offer significant energy savings over incandescent bulbs, one of the core benefits of Home Depot’s Eco Options brand. Home Depot’s recycling program already covers compact fluorescent lamps, which are accepted for recycling at all locations regardless of whether new bulbs are purchased. CFL recycling is important because each bulb contains a small amount of mercury.
The company also uses recycled material for shopping bags and signage and internally recycles cardboard and pallets.