Environmental Protection

NRC Honors Staples' Product Recovery Programs

Staples is the recipient of the National Recycling Coalition's 11th annual Recycling Works Award for its broad-reaching efforts to promote recycling and waste reduction among its customers and throughout its operations.

The award recognized the company's leadership in providing easy-to-use product recovery programs and eco-friendly product choices through its EcoEasy™ initiative making it easier for its customers to become effective environmental stewards.

"Staples is honored to be recognized by the National Recycling Coalition's Recycling Works Award," said Mike Miles, Staples president and chief operating officer. "We're making it easy for our customers to recycle used office products, from empty ink cartridges to old printers, and to buy new products with recycled content."

Staples is the first national retailer to offer an every-day in-store technology recycling program. In 2008, the company collected nearly 5 million pounds of technology waste for responsible recycling through its retail technology recycling program. It also is one of the world's leading ink recyclers. By accepting any brand or type of cartridge and allowing customers to earn $3 back in Staples Rewards for each cartridge recycled, the company is on track to recycle 50 million cartridges in 2009.

Since 1998, the NRC's Recycling Works Award has honored an organization or individual who has demonstrated leadership in recycling and conservation of the environment. Previous recipients include The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Inc., Starbucks, Waste Management Recycle America, McDonald's Corp., and Environmental Defense, to name a few.

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