Previously, we spotlighted Staples’ line of eco-conscious Sustainable Earth products.
Now comes word that the world’s largest office supply company and second largest Internet retailer has reached a significant milestone – having recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since 2005 and averaging over 60 million per year in the past three years.
Through its cartridge recycling program, Staples Inc. has recycled 182 million pounds of plastic and metals – which is roughly equivalent to the weight of an aircraft carrier or 400 times the Statue of Liberty, according to a recent company press release.
Besides helping the environment, how can the Staples ink and toner cartridge recycling program benefit your business? For one thing, you can receive $2 back in Staples Rewards® per recycled cartridge, with a limit of 10 per month. These rewards can be used to buy almost anything from Staples, in-store or online.
In addition to Recycling Rewards, Staples Reward members receive free shipping from Staples.com, plus five percent back on all purchases.
Staples was the first national retailer to reward customers for recycling used ink and toner cartridges, which can be dropped off at any Staples retail location.
“Staples is America’s number one choice for ink and toner, in part because of our great cartridge recycling program,” says Mark Buckley, Vice President, and Environmental Affairs. “As the largest retail recycler of ink and toner in North America, Staples is thrilled to be the first to reach this milestone, as we help customer reduce their environmental footprint and save money at the same time.”
The ink and toner cartridge recycling milestone is just one of a number of environmental accomplishments for Staples, which last month announced it had reached 500 facilities certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program.
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