Staples® Tech Recycling

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Outdated technology doesn't have to end up in a landfill. So when it's time to upgrade your laptops, printers and other hardware or replace your ink and toner, count on Staples to recycle it responsibly — and make it easy.

Technology trade-in and recycling

Technology trade-in and recycling

Get a Staples® eCash card when you trade in your eligible technology in store or online. Learn more about technology trade-in.

If your device has no trade-in value, we'll recycle it responsibly for free. Bring in your old office technology products to your local Staples and we'll responsibly and securely recycle them at no cost to you — any brand, any condition, even if you purchased it somewhere else.

For a fee, we also offer mail-back and pickup technology recycling solutions for large businesses with 20+ employees through our Staples Advantage® division.

See the chart below for technology items our retail stores accept for free recycling.

Items accepted for free recycling*:
All-in-one computers
Cable/satellite receivers
CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
Computer speakers
Copiers (desktop)
Cordless phones
Desktop computers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
eReaders – Trade-in eligible
External hard drives
Fax machines (desktop)
Gaming devices
GPS devices
iPods® / MP3 players – Trade-in eligible
Laptops – Trade-in eligible
Mobile phones – Trade-in eligible
Printers & multifunction devices (desktop)
Scanners (desktop)
Small servers
Stereo receivers
Tablets – Trade-in eligible
UPS/battery backup devices
Video streaming devices

Prohibited items not accepted for recycling:
Alkaline batteries, non-rechargeable lithium batteries, appliances, floor model printers and copiers, kitchen electronics, lamps or bulbs, large servers, large speakers or speaker systems, smoke detectors and televisions

*Limit 7 items per customer per day. All brands of items are accepted regardless of where purchased. Store management has the right to refuse to accept items that may pose a health or safety risk (e.g., broken monitors not packed in a box, laptops with damaged batteries, etc.).

e-Stewards Recyclers

Staples is an e-Stewards Enterprise, meaning we have committed to using certified e-Stewards® Recyclers wherever feasible to handle electronic materials we collect for recycling. Our main electronics recycling partner, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), is already a certified e-Stewards Recycler at all of their locations nationally. This means ERI facilities are audited and certified against stringent standards to utilize responsible e-waste recycling practices and protect the environment.

Twenty-five states have passed laws requiring electronics waste recycling. Learn more about electronics recycling laws and programs where you live. You can also visit or to learn how to recycle items that Staples does not accept.

Rechargeable battery recycling

Rechargeable battery recycling

Bring your old rechargeable batteries to your local Staples for free recycling. All collected batteries are responsibly recycled by Call2Recycle.

We accept Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), and Nickel Zinc (Ni-ZN) batteries that are 11 pounds or less. We cannot accept single-use alkaline or lithium batteries or automotive/wet-cell batteries.

Ink and toner cartridge recycling

Ink and toner cartridge recycling

Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges online or in store and you could earn $2 back in Staples Rewards® for each one. So not only will you save on future purchases, but you can also feel good about reducing waste in our landfills.

Did You Know?

We collect more than 26 million pounds of customer e-waste annually that could have ended up in landfills.

Learn more about our sustainability goals and solutions.

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