STAPLES Canada announces new goal of collecting 2 million cartridges!

    National retailer exceeds goal of diverting one million cartridges away
    from landfills and now proposes a Two Million Cartridge Challenge

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 22 /CNW/ - STAPLES Canada surpassed their goal
of collecting one million used ink and toner cartridges and is now issuing a
new challenge to Canadians - the Two Million Cartridge Challenge, starting
    "Canadians exceeded our expectations and I know they can do it again. We
want to keep used cartridges out of landfills by recycling them. It's time for
the two million cartridge challenge," said Staples Canada President, Steve
Matyas. STAPLES Canada collected and recycled 1.3 million cartridges as part
of their Million Cartridge Challenge which began September 24, 2008. Two
million laser cartridges stacked end-to-end is equivalent to approximately
1240 CN Towers in height.
    The Two Million Cartridge Challenge begins April 22, 2009 - Earth Day,
until the following Earth Day - April 22, 2010. "This is a good opportunity to
take action with small changes that will impact greatly on our future. It's
important we educate our children about the environment and how to sustain
it." commented Matyas.
    STAPLES Canada has been recycling used ink and toner cartridges for the
past ten years, along with rechargeable batteries and cell phones. STAPLES
also sells hundreds of eco-friendly products and is committed to several
environmental initiatives as part of their community@work program, which
focuses on the three E's: Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship.
    STAPLES has participated in Earth Hour for the past two years, turning
off all non-essential lighting. STAPLES/Bureau en Gros stores across Canada
also reduce their non-essential lighting in June and July as part of the
Lights Out Program. This program saves significant amounts of energy by
reducing the heat load and making it easier for the heating, ventilation and
air conditioning (HVAC) systems to cool buildings.

    About STAPLES Canada

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd./STAPLES Canada Inc.
is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office
furniture and business services for the small business and home office
customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates
stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES(R) Canada and
Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate
Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros number one among
Canada's top 100 companies surveyed in Canada. The company has over 13,500
employees serving customers through more than 300 office superstores,
catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES, STAPLES(R)/Bureau en Gros(MC) is committed
to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop: online, by
catalogue and in-store. More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
(905) 737-1147 ext. 2363,; Rachel Swiednicki,
Public Relations Specialist, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2714,

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