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Staples Celebrates Sustainability Milestone of 450 Million Ink and Toner Cartridges Recycled and Launches New Energy Calculator

Staples Makes More Recycling Happen and Helps Calculate Energy Savings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:00 am EDT



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"Our small business customers have told us they want to be more environmentally friendly, but they are pressed for time"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that it has collected 450 million ink and toner cartridges for recycling in the U.S. since 2005, averaging more than 60 million cartridges per year for the past four years. Through the cartridge recycling program, Staples has helped recover and recycle 234 million pounds of plastics and metals, diverting roughly the weight of 8,000 full garbage trucks from landfills.

“At Staples, we are committed to reducing waste going to landfills and reusing valuable resources through our recycling services,” said Mark Buckley, vice president, environmental affairs, Staples. “As the largest recycling collector of ink and toner cartridges in North America, Staples ink and toner cartridge recycling program helps our customers and the environment. Staples is thrilled to reach this milestone of 450 million recycled ink and toner cartridges.”

Staples’ ink and toner cartridge recycling program lets customers receive $2 back in Staples Rewards® per recycled cartridge, up to 10 per month with a $30 spend on ink and toner over the previous 180 days. Used cartridges can be dropped off at any Staples retail location or through the online program. Ink Recycling Rewards can be used to buy almost anything from Staples, in-store or on In addition to recycling rewards, Staples Rewards members receive free shipping from and up to five percent back in Rewards on all purchases. Staples is pleased to work together with HP to make cartridge recycling available to all our customers.

New Staples Energy Calculator

Staples customers can celebrate Earth Day and save money. Today Staples launches new interactive energy calculator to help customers save money and take control of their energy usage. The calculator allows customers to compare their own energy consumption to other homes and small businesses in their area and determine their most power-hungry appliances in terms of cost/year. Learn how much you can save by using the new Staples Energy Calculator at

Electronics Recycling

In addition to the ink and toner cartridge recycling program, Staples has recycled 85 million pounds of office electronics since 2007.

“Our small business customers have told us they want to be more environmentally friendly, but they are pressed for time,” said Buckley. “That's why Staples makes it convenient for them to recycle their old technology devices at Staples stores across the country whether or not they purchased those items from us.”

Free technology recycling is available every day at local Staples stores thanks to support from HP. Large businesses can also take advantage of Staples’ office technology recycling service.

Easy to Find & Free Shipping

Staples makes it easy for customers to find the right ink and toner, whether it’s in-store, on or through Staples mobile app or mobile website. Use the ink and toner finder on or the in-store kiosks to find what you need quickly, or use Easy Re-order tool to simply reorder past ink and toner purchases. At Staples, customers can buy online and pick-up in store most of the leading brands of ink and toner cartridges.

Staples offers thousands of ink and toner cartridges from the most trusted brands, including be HP, Epson, Canon, Brother, Samsung, Dell, Lexmark, Kodak, Xerox and more. Staples also carries a wide selection of cartridges including XL, multi-packs and exclusive pack sizes for laser jet printer, ink jet printers, fax machines, copiers and all-in-ones.

Staples consistently features great deals on ink and toner, including currently:

  • Up to 20% back in Staples Rewards when you purchase $60 of HP Ink or $200 HP Toner
  • Buy any HP LaserJet Printer and a Toner and save an additional $20 (Retail only)
  • Buy any HP Ink and Get a FREE TWO SMILES photo pack (Retail only)
  • 15% back in rewards when you purchase 2 Samsung Toners
  • Free shipping on all ink and toner online

Staples and the Environment:

Staples’ sustainability vision is to generate business and environmental benefits for customers, communities and the company by leading the way in sustainable business practices. Staples works to achieve this vision through a focus on selling more sustainable products and services; offering easy recycling solutions; eliminating operational waste; maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy use and; becoming a sustainability leader in the global community. To learn more about Staples environmental products, services, and operational initiatives, please visit

About Staples:

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at


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