Staples broadens battery recycling programme

Staples in the US has expanded its existing Recycling Services programme with partners ERI and Call2Recycle.

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Staples in the US has expanded its existing Recycling Services programme with partners ERI and Call2Recycle.

The initiative now includes rechargeable and single-use alkaline batteries, which can be dropped off at Staples almost 1,000 stores in the US. The reseller is also offering a new scheme that enables consumers to collect their used batteries at home in a special Call2Recycle box and return them to a Staples outlet.

ERI will then recycle the collected batteries at one of its facilities and deliver recovered precious metals and materials back into the circular market for reuse.

Staples said it used recycling behaviour research from MIT, along with the expertise of Call2Recycle and ERI, to design the programme.

“Since launching our Recycling Services programme with ERI in 2009, together we’ve recycled more than 165 million lbs (75 million kgs) of technology. With this addition of battery recycling, we’re working to help prevent nearly three billion batteries from entering landfills each year.”

According to recent figures from Call2Recycle, more than eight million lbs of batteries were collected for recycling in the US in 2023. Despite rising costs, this was a year-on-year increase of 1.5%, driven by single-use batteries. In addition, over 60,000 lbs of e-bike batteries were collected and recycled during the second year of a voluntary, industry-supported e-bike battery recycling programme that is overseen by the non-profit organisation.

Framingham (MA) & Atlanta (GA), USA