A leader in sustainability – Staples recycles 350 million cartridges

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It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.

Staples has also recycled 182 million pounds of plastics and metals through the recycling program.

Staples was the first national retailer to reward customers for recycling ink and toner cartridges. Customers receive $2 back in Staples Rewards® per recycled cartridge though this remarkable program,  with a limit of 10 per month. Used cartridges can be dropped off at any Staples retail location and Ink Recycling Rewards can be used to buy almost anything  either in-store or at Staples.com.  In addition to recycling rewards, Staples Rewards members receive free shipping from Staples.com and five percent back on all purchases.

“As the largest retail recycler of ink and toner in North America, Staples is thrilled to be the first to reach this milestone,” said Mark Buckley, Staples’ Vice President, Environmental Affairs. “We help customers reduce their environmental footprint and save money at the same time.”

The ink and toner cartridge recycling milestone is just one of several environmental accomplishments for Staples,which announced last month it reached 500 facilities certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples has offices throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The office supply giant focuses on selling sustainable products and services, offering easy recycling solutions, eliminating operational waste, maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy use and becoming a sustainability leader in the global community. To learn more about the company’s green products, services and initiatives, check out Staples.com/easyontheplanet.

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