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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.

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 Environmental Protection Agency.

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 chief executive officer of ERI.

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 to $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.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News