E-waste expected to reach 93.5 million tons by 2016
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2014--
Advantage, the business to business division of Staples, today
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.
Many electronic devices become unwanted, non-working or obsolete within
a few years of use, compounding the global volume of e-waste, which is
expected to more than double by 2016, reaching 93.5 million tons
compared to 41.5 million tons in 2011, according to the EPA.
“This program demonstrates how Staples continues to lead the industry in
recycling efforts,” said Al Zoldos, Vice President of Sales, 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
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.
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.”
Staples Advantage will also integrate this offering into its future Managed
Print Services contracts, providing a seamless way for companies to
recycle devices no longer needed after a consolidation effort.
The cost for this service will range from $15 - $500 depending on the
size of the box ordered, with options ranging from a 9” x 5” x 3” box to
full pallets. Customized solutions are also available.
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest privately
held recycler of electronic waste, is e-Stewards and R2 certified to
de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an
environmentally friendly manner. All of ERI’s processing facilities are
also ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified. ERI processes more
than 250 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations
serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about
e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.
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 www.staples.com.
More information on Staples sustainability commitments can be found at www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/about_us/environment.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater
cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage
provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and
federal government, healthcare organizations and educational
institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive
products and services like office supplies, technology, printing,
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Source: Staples Advantage
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249