Staples To Now Provide Free Certified E-Stewards Technology Recycling
Earth Day Launch: Convenient, Responsible, Recycling for Your Old Technology at Staples Stores
Seattle, Washington. April 22, 2013. Staples is the first major retailer of consumer electronics in the U.S. to become a licensed e-Stewards® Enterprise company, a program of the environmental organization Basel Action Network (BAN). In doing so, Staples has pledged to use certified e-Stewards Recyclers to handle materials collected from its free technology recycling program at more than 1,500 stores nationally, as well as electronic waste from its own internal operations.
"This is a breakthrough for U.S. electronics consumers and the environment in keeping with the true intent of Earth Day,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN. “Thanks to Staples leadership in committing to use e-Stewards Recyclers, consumers now have many more convenient drop-off locations to ensure their old cell phone or computer will be recycled in the most responsible way.”
In joining the e-Stewards Enterprise program, Staples has taken another step forward in offering customers free, convenient, and trusted technology recycling. Since launching the first national retail technology recycling service in 2007, Staples has continued to improve it over time. This includes expanding the assortment of items accepted, making some items free of charge since 2009, working with national electronics recycler ERI since 2010 (who had all of their facilities certified to the e-Stewards Recycler standard in 2011), and launching free recycling of technology items accepted at stores nationally in 2012. This most recent announcement solidifies Staples’ commitment to use certified e-Stewards Recyclers now and into the future to handle electronic waste from its retail customers and its own operations.
The e-Stewards Certification is considered the most rigorous standard for socially and environmentally responsible electronics recycling, as it assures that private data will be removed, and hazardous e-wastes will not be exported to developing countries, deposited in landfills or incinerators, or sent to prison labor operations. The e-Stewards Standard is supported by over 70 environmental organizations.
“In keeping with our goal of providing environmentally responsible products and services that help our customers succeed, Staples makes it easy for our customers to recycle responsibly and help the environment. This agreement is a win for customers, the environment, and responsible recyclers,” said Mark Buckley, Staples VP of Environmental Affairs.
BAN, a global toxic trade watchdog group, launched the e-Stewards Certification program in 2010, and the U.S. EPA recognized and applauded it in 2011. The Staples agreement with BAN for use of e-Stewards is effective immediately.
Items that will be accepted are: Desktop computers, laptops, tablets, eReaders, monitors, desktop printers, copiers, scanners, faxes, all-in-ones, shredders, UPS/battery backup devices, peripherals including mice, keyboards, modems, routers and PC speakers, small electronics including GPS devices, digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones and cordless phones, external hard drives and small servers. For more information visit Staples Recycling.