STAPLES:NEW NATIONWIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM
STAPLES:NEW NATIONWIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM
2007-05-21 at 5:33:00 pm #18264
Staples Launches Nationwide Computer and Office Technology Recycling Program
Staples Becomes First National Retailer to Offer Everyday In-Store Recycling For Computers & Other
STAPLES Inc., the world’s largest office
products company, today announced that it now makes it easy to recycle used computers and other
office technology at any Staples store nationwide, becoming the first national retailer to offer
computer recycling in stores every day.
Staples makes it easy for customers to
recycle e-waste by simply bringing their used computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes and
all-in-ones to any U.S. Staples store, where the equipment will be recycled in accordance with
environmental laws. All brands will be accepted, regardless of whether or not the equipment was
purchased at Staples, for a fee of $10 per large item. Staples is working with Amandi Services, one
of the country’s most experienced and innovative electronics recyclers, to handle recycling of the
equipment, following standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“It’s not always easy being green. However, through the leadership of Staples, Americans will see
that preventing pollution by recycling unwanted electronics is as easy as it gets,” said Stephen L.
Johnson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “EPA and our Plug-In To
eCycling partners are helping make sure yesterday’s high-tech gadgets do not go to waste.”
“An estimated 133,000 computers are discarded every day in the U.S.,” said Mark Buckley,
vice president of environmental affairs at Staples, Inc. “We know that small businesses and
consumers want to recycle their used office technology but are often frustrated by the lack of
convenient options available. By making it easy to recycle, Staples helps customers take action in
handling e-waste in an environmentally responsible way.”
How the Recycling Program
— Customers drop off their old equipment at the customer service desk at any
Staples store, 7 days a week during regular store hours; (TV’s and large, floor-model copiers are
– Staples will recycle any manufacturers’ products, regardless of
whether or not it was purchased from Staples, and there’s no limit on the quantity of equipment
that can be recycled.
— A recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is
charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer
peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, will be recycled for free.
— Staples Easy
Tech(sm) service is on site in all stores to transfer data from an old computer to a new one for a
Equipment is bagged and sealed when customers drop them off at the Staples
customer service desk. The equipment is then picked up and delivered to Amandi Services, who
disassembles the equipment into its component parts and uses industry-leading standards for data
destruction. Amandi then recycles the raw materials, such as the plastics, metals, printed circuit
boards and Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT). The CRTs, which are the most hazardous part of electronics
waste, are recycled utilizing Amandi’s proprietary technology into a raw material that is used to
manufacture new televisions.
Staples is a U.S. EPA Plug-In to eCycling partner and has
offered computer recycling in its Seattle area stores for the past two years. In addition to
computer and office technology recycling, Staples provides customers with easy, everyday, in-store
recycling for ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, PDAs and rechargeable batteries. In 2006, the
company recycled more than 17 million ink and toner cartridges and 3,500 tons of electronic waste.
Staples Commitment to the Environment
In addition to recycling of
technology items, Staples’ initiatives to help protect and sustain the earth take many forms, such
as offering a wide assortment of eco-friendly products, investing in energy efficiency and
renewable energy and educating customers and associates about how they can make a difference. The
company offers over 2,900 products made with recycled materials and is one of the largest retail
and Fortune 500 purchasers of green power in the country. To learn more about Staples environmental
initiatives, please visit http://www.staples.com/environment.