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 user 2007-05-21 at 5:34:00 pm Views: 91
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    Staples Launches Nationwide Computer and Office Technology Recycling Program

    Staples Becomes First National Retailer to Offer Everyday In-Store Recycling For Computers & Other
    Office Technology

    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
    not accepted).

    – 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.