Staples Canada®, the country’s largest office products and online retailer, has expanded its environmental sustainability efforts this year with outstanding results. The company has added recycling, energy reduction, and environmental stewardship initiatives to its existing programs to reduce its impact on the environment and achieve sustainable business growth over the long term.
Since partnering with Call2Recycle® in 2007, Staples has grown its battery and cellphone recycling program to over 330 stores. More than 34,500 kg of batteries were collected in 2012 and diverted from landfill. During the first half of 2013, collections grew an astronomical 560 percent when compared to the same period last year, totaling 51,400 kg.
Call2Recycle’s battery collection isn’t the only successful recycling effort at the company. Staples collects ink and toner cartridges at every store location in Canada, with a target of 5 million ink cartridges by Earth Day 2014. Furthermore, Staples has a program to encourage schools to collect their cartridges, which the company will pick up free of charge when they sign up to Staples’ program. Consumers can also drop off used electronics at 250 Staples retail locations.
Staples’ sustainability initiatives extend to the corporation’s operations as well. In an effort to conserve energy across the business, the majority of Staples Canada stores now operate under 25-watt lighting. These bulbs have helped to reduce the company’s electricity consumption by more than 11 percent. The Lights Out program—in which Staples turns off many of its in-store lights during the brighter summer months—has also helped with energy consumption.
With these diverse and successful sustainability campaigns, Staples Canada is demonstrating that it is more than just a business leader, it’s a shining example of how a corporation can have a significant and positive impact on environmental change.
For more information about these and other praiseworthy Staples sustainability programs, visit www.staples.ca.