Staples Canada to Collect 20 Million Cartridges by 2016

Staples Canada released its sustainability achievements in 2Q2014 and announced its goal to collect 20 million cartridges by Earth Day 2016. The office products retailer asserted that beginning September 2014, it expanded its partnership with Bullfrog Power to support renewable energy by including four Copy & Print Production Centers, which will significantly help reduce the environmental impact of its energy-intensive copy and print jobs.

In terms of ink cartridges, the retailer noted it has collected 710,134 ink cartridges in the quarter, an increase of 3.7% from 1Q2014. Customers are allowed to drop off used ink and toner cartridges at every store location. Moreover, the firm claimed that it has surpassed its goal of collecting 5 million ink cartridges between Earth Day 2012 and Earth Day 2014. Its next goal is to collect 20 million cartridges by Earth Day 2016.

In addition, schools across the country are encouraged to order a free ink cartridge recycling bin through the company. Canada School Recycling program is set to help collect and divert 100,000 cartridges by Earth Day 2015.

“Renewable energy is a key priority in our corporate social responsibility strategy, complementing our sustainable product sourcing and consumer recycling programs,” said Pete Gibel, Vice President of Merchandising at Staples Canada and Chair of the Staples Canada Environmental Committee. “Our Staples Canada and Staples Advantage head offices as well as 10 Staples stores nationwide have been Bullfrog Powered with 100% clean, pollution-free energy since April 2013, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our commitment to clean, renewable electricity.”

Bullfrog Power is a Canadian green energy retailer operating in Canada. that offers its customers power from renewable energy sources. These include, wind, low-impact hydro and green natural gas, a renewable biogas product that serves as an alternative to fossil fuel-based natural gas.

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