Staples Announced Furniture Recycling Initiatives To Celebrate Earth Week

The following is a press release
FRAMINGHAM – In an effort to help businesses be more sustainable, Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., announced it is teaming up with Davies Office and IRN to offer customers the ability to reuse and recycle office furniture.

Davies Office is a leading provider of high quality remanufactured office furniture solutions, taking older furniture assets and transforming them to look and perform just like brand new furniture, at a fraction of the cost.

Staples Business Advantage customers will now be able to capitalize on innovative product banking and exchange programs and source high quality remanufactured furniture instead of keeping their old assets in storage or sending them to a landfill.

The benefits include updating office workplaces cost effectively, earning credit toward green building standards like LEED, and receiving detailed reporting quantifying the environmental benefits.

Staples Business Advantage is also launching a new initiative with IRN to support businesses’ sustainability goals.

IRN works with a variety of organizations including universities, public and independent schools, healthcare corporations and government agencies to place their surplus furniture assets for reuse. It then matches those assets with U.S. and worldwide charities to find the best use for them socially and environmentally, at a cost that is less than throwing the assets away.

“It’s critical that we rethink our approach to sustainability in workplaces,” said Mark Buckley, vice president, environmental affairs, Staples, Inc, in a press release. “Supporting furniture remanufacturing and reuse helps our customers’ bottom line and the planet. Combined with our comprehensive recycling programs and eco-friendly cleaning solutions, Staples Business Advantage has the solutions our customers need to support greener and healthier buildings.”

In addition to these new initiatives, Staples offers many services to help businesses make more sustainable business practices happen, including:

Tech Recycling
Businesses and other organizations of all sizes can recycle old electronics through Staples Business Advantage’s technology recycling service powered by Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI).

The program allows businesses to recycle old electronics such as computers, cell phones, keyboards, telecom equipment, and multi-function devices in three easy steps:
1. Order recycling boxes online.
2. Fill boxes with electronics and ship back to Staples using the provided return label.
3. Receive a Certificate of Recycling from Staples that their electronics have been properly recycled and data were safely removed. ERI facilities are certified to the e-Stewards standard, a rigorous certification program supporting the responsible recycling of electronic wastes.

Staples Business Advantage also offers battery and lamp recycling programs and even zero-waste box solutions by Terracycle, while Staples stores offer free in-store technology and rechargeable battery recycling for businesses and consumers.

For customers with more stringent standards, Staples Business Advantage can also create custom programs that satisfy each organization’s sustainability.

Ink and Toner Recycling
With Staples’ ink and toner recycling program, customers can mail in or arrange for Staples to pick up and properly dispose of any used ink and toner cartridges. All cartridges are remanufactured or recycled. The remanufactured toner process can reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent compared to manufacturing a new cartridge. Cartridges that cannot be remanufactured are broken down to recycle the plastics and the metals for use in new products.

Sustainable Facility Solutions
Staples Business Advantage offers a Facility Assessment quiz as well as site visits to help customers reduce costs. Staples Business Advantage’s facility experts can also work with facility managers to design a green cleaning program using safe and high performance cleaners like the Sustainable Earth by Staples line of products for businesses, including soaps, paper towels, bath tissue, and glass cleaner, that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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