While Earth Day commemorates its 40th anniversary on Sunday, Staples and Hewlett-Packard, two of the world's largest companies, will help consumers go green every day with free electronic cycling.
Regardless of where the items are purchased, the Staplestechnology program, powered by HP, will accept discarded electronics for free in the following areas:
- Desktop PC's, laptops, Netbooks, tablet PCs, external hard drives and small servers
- All computer monitors
- Printers, desktop copiers, faxes and all-in-one devices
- Keyboards, modems/routers, mouse controllers, and PC speakers
- Shredders, streaming devices, phones, and Universal Power Supply (UPS battery backup)
- Mobile phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital camcorders and digital cameras
Mark Buckley, Staples' Vice President of Environmental Affairs Mark Buckley said the corporation began the program to help boost the number of electronic products that are safely recycled.
"As a trusted source for office solutions, Staplesis making it easy for consumers to responsibly recycle electronics for free every day at our stores," he said. "We are excited to work with HP on this initiative as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability," Buckley added.
As for HP, Gabi Zedimayer, Staples' Vice President of Sustainability and Social Innovation, said the company has been recyling since 1987, and recently celebrated reaching its goal of 2 billion pounds of electronic products and HP supplies.
"Our collaboration with Staples will build upon this achievement and focus on increasing electronics recyling in all states," Zedimayer said.
To recycle their old electronics, customers can drop off their items at the service desk of their local Staples store. Staples will utilize their logistics networks to collect these devices and consolidate them at their distribution centers, where they will then be transported for processing.
So, for anyone interested in safely getting rid of their computer debris, check out these local Staples locations: