Staples rolls out computer recycling programme


21 May 2007 — Framingham (MA):Staples has become the first US retailer to offer instore computer recycling every day.

Staples customers can recycle their used computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes and MFPs in any US store. 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 electronics recycler Amandi Services to handle recycling of the equipment, following standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Stephen Johnson, administrator of the US EPA, said: "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. EPA and our ‘Plug-In To eCycling’ partners are helping make sure yesterday’s high-tech gadgets do not go to waste."


Mark Buckley, VP of environmental affairs at Staples, added: "An estimated 133,000 computers are discarded every day in the US. 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 eWaste in an environmentally responsible way."