GreenCitizen┬« Launches “Buyback with a Cause”

GreenCitizen┬« Launches “Buyback with a Cause”

Customers Receive Cash for Gently Used Smartphones, Laptops and Tablets; Proceeds Fund Eco-Centers and Free Recycling.

San Francisco, CA, March 4, 2013 – Do you have a smartphone, iPad or laptop in new or good used working condition? What if a greener planet could also mean more green in your pocket? San Francisco-based GreenCitizen has launched “Buyback with a Cause,” a nationwide electronics buyback program that offers customers cash back for their new or gently used electronic devices, works to find them a new home and reinvests the proceeds back into educational eco-centers that provide communities with free recycling.

Customers anywhere in the country can visit the GreenCitizen website ( and follow the simple steps to receive a quote on their qualifying, brand name electronic based on the product’s specifications and condition. They then package their product using the pre-paid shipping label and drop it off at a local UPS center or GreenCitizen eco-center (San Francisco Bay Area residents only). Once the product is tested and its condition confirmed, payment via PayPal or check (at the customer’s choice) will be issued within five business days.

“Unlike any other organization in the world, GreenCitizen builds fully subsidized community eco-centers where anyone can dispose of electronics responsibly for free,” says James Kao, CEO of GreenCitizen. “What differentiates “Buyback with a Cause” from other buyback programs is that we reinvest all proceeds back into these centers to make recycling easier for consumers and businesses in more communities. Ideally, with enough support, the GreenCitizen eco-center model will eventually bring free electronics recycling nationwide.”

Adds Kao, “This is also a much cleaner process for the customer than posting their products for sale online. There are no listing hassles, fees, or exchanges with strangers. As people continue to upgrade to the latest version iPad or smartphone, reuse is the best way to recycle those still functional electronics.”

GreenCitizen, Inc. ( is a certified B corporation, a socially and environmentally responsible company, dedicated to helping consumers and businesses reduce their environmental footprint through proper disposal management of their unwanted or obsolete electronics. GreenCitizen achieves this through closed loop reuse and business pick-ups, and convenient drop-off for end-of-life electronics. All recycling items are responsibly reused in the U.S. or responsible de-manufacturing with facilities within 150 miles of our eco centers.

GreenCitizen locations are open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Carts are available to make it easy for GreenCitizen customers to bring in their electronics for recycling.

GreenCitizen has four locations in the Bay Area with plans to open several more eco-centers in 2013:

Bay Area GreenCitizen Locations:

Burlingame, CA
1576 Rollins Road
650.288.1369 x103

San Francisco, CA
590 Howard Street
415.287.0000 x102

Mountain View, CA
2500 W. El Camino Real
650.493.8700 x101

Berkeley, CA
1971 Shattuck Avenue