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Staples joins ERI for e-waste recovery venture



Staples Advantage, the business- to-business division of Staples, has launched a Technology Recycling Service, making it easy for businesses to recycle old electronics.

The first of its kind in the industry, the program, offered in partnership with Electronic Recyclers International Inc. (ERI) allows businesses of all sizes to recycle large volumes of electronics conveniently, responsibly and in a secure manner.

Global e-waste is expected to more than double by 2016, reaching 93.5 million tonnes compared to 41.5 million tonnes in 2011, according to the US EPA.

“This program demonstrates how Staples continues to lead the industry in recycling efforts,” said Al Zoldos, VP of Sales for Staples Technology Solutions. “In 2007, we were the first retailer to offer recycling at our retail stores. Now we’re the first to provide a way for our corporate customers to easily and responsibly recycle old electronics. From provisioning new equipment, then providing services to manage it and now an easy way to handle end of life recycling, we’re offering a true lifecycle approach to technology management.”

Staples Advantage’s new program allows businesses to recycle equipment – from cell phones and keyboards to telecom equipment and multi-function devices – via three simple steps:

1. Order recycling boxes online at www.StaplesAdvantage.com.

2. Fill boxes with electronics and ship back to Staples using a provided return label.

3. Receive a Certificate of Recycling from Staples that their electronics have been properly recycled and data safely removed. The certificate is accredited by the e-Stewards Initiative, a project of the Basel Action Network, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible recycling of e-waste.

Benefits include:

  • Guaranteed data destruction by ERI.
  • Environmental compliance and certifications.
  • Responsible recycling of all types of electronic equipment.
  • Compliance with State E-Waste programs by ERI.
  • Certificate of recycling.

“Staples Advantage is filling a void desperately needed in our industry – a way for companies to easily and securely recycle the mass amounts of e-waste being created annually,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). “Staples recognized this need and implemented this program, not because they’re required to, but because they know it’s the right thing to do. We’re privileged to be partnering with Staples on this initiative.”


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