Staples Makes It Easy to Recycle Technology Items Every Day in
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2007--Do you recycle
your old electronic items? If so, you're one of a small number who do.
Only 23 percent of Americans recycle their old or unused electronic
items, and 41 percent either throw such items in the trash or don't
dispose of them at all, according to a national survey by Staples.
"The recycling of electronic products at their end of life fuels
economic activity, creates jobs and diverts hazardous materials from
landfills," said Kate Krebs, executive director of the National
Recycling Coalition that coordinates America Recycles Day on November
15th. "Every day in the U.S., an estimated 133,000 computers are
discarded and not recycled or reused, which causes mounting trash and
toxicity in landfills. We are excited that Staples is spreading the
word about technology recycling and motivating consumers and
businesses to take responsible, environmentally-friendly action."
Staples makes it easy to recycle a range of used technology items
every day in its 1,400 stores nationwide. In May 2007, Staples became
the first national retailer to launch an in-store, everyday computer
and office technology recycling program. Staples accepts all brands of
items, regardless of whether they were purchased at Staples, and
recycles them for a $10 fee. This week, customers who purchase any
Dell desktop, notebook, printer or monitor at Staples U.S. stores
through November 17 will be able to recycle their old office
technology for free (limit of one item recycled free per Dell item
purchased). In addition, Staples makes it easy to recycle used ink and
toner cartridges as well as personal technology items such as cell
phones and PDAs in all its stores. To learn more, visit
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
American consumers generate nearly two million tons of used
electronics each year, which contain hazardous materials such as
mercury, cadmium, lead and brominated flame retardants.
"Between 2000 and 2007, an estimated 500 million computers became
obsolete in the U.S.," said Mark Buckley, vice president of
environmental affairs at Staples. "Providing options for technology
recycling is an important way that Staples makes it easy to make a
difference for the environment--what we call EcoEasy. We know that
many businesses and consumers want eco-friendly options, so we're
helping them move from thinking about it to taking some action."
Through Staples' computer and office technology recycling program,
customers can recycle items by simply bringing their used computers,
monitors, laptops, printers, faxes and all-in-ones to any U.S. Staples
store. There's no limit on the quantity of equipment that can be
recycled. The $10 recycling fee per piece of large equipment is
charged to cover handling, transport and product disassembly. 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 fee.
In addition, Staples provides free in-store recycling for cell
phones, PDAs, pagers, digital cameras, chargers and rechargeable
batteries. Staples has teamed up with Collective Good, which
refurbishes products where feasible or recycles them and donates a
portion of the proceeds to charity.
Staples also offers its industry-leading ink and toner recycling
program, which allows customers to recycle Dell, Hewlett-Packard or
Lexmark(TM) ink cartridges at Staples stores in exchange for a $3
coupon to be used at Staples. In 2006, Staples recycled more than 17
million ink cartridges in the U.S.
Staples' long-standing commitment to sustainable business
practices is based on four key environmental cornerstones: recycling,
offering a wide assortment of more than 2,900 eco-friendly products,
investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy and educating
customers and associates about sustainability. For more on Staples
environmental initiatives, visit www.staples.com/environment.
About the Staples Recycling Survey
The Staples Recycling Survey was conducted by Kelton Research,
which polled 1,000 American adults via an online survey in October
2007. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of
the total U.S. population aged 18 and over. The overall margin of
error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and
today is the world's largest office products company. With 74,000
talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy
a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology,
furniture, and business services. With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion,
Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based
businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North
and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates more than 1,900 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract
businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.
CONTACT: For Staples
Marie Gehret, 212-994-7554
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.