STAPLES Canada collects 1.3 million used cartridges

    National retailer exceeds goal of diverting one million cartridges away
    from landfills

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 15 /CNW/ - Thanks a million Canada! STAPLES
Canada has collected 1.3 million used ink and toner cartridges, as part of
their Million Cartridge Challenge.
    "We have exceeded our goal - I knew Canadians would respond. They have
helped us surpass our goal," said Staples Canada President, Steve Matyas.
STAPLES Canada started the Million Cartridge Challenge on September 24, 2008,
hoping to divert a million used cartridges from landfills by encouraging
people to drop them off at any STAPLES store to be recycled.
    The Million Cartridge Challenge, which surpassed its goal of collecting a
million cartridges before the Earth Day deadline, will continue to collect and
recycle cartridges year-round at STAPLES stores. "We have been recycling
cartridges for ten years and we have never collected this amount before; thank
you, Canada!" continued Matyas.
    For every million cartridges Staples recycles, we save 96,000 kg of
aluminum, 400 tonnes of plastic, 10 million litres of oil, and 8,000 cubic
feet of landfill space.
    STAPLES Canada not only recycles cartridges, but also rechargeable
batteries and cell phones. On Earth Day, STAPLES will introduce an online
flyer that makes shopping Eco-Easy with more than 2,000 eco-friendly products
available, such as STAPLES' Eco-Friendly Notebook, made from sugar cane waste
(Bagasse) and printed with eco-conscious vegetable- and water-based inks.
STAPLES/Bureau en Gros stores from coast to coast also participate in a Lights
Out initiative to reduce non-essential lighting through June and July. The
Lights Out 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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