In-store Recycling Services at Staples

It's recycling day
every day

tech • Ink + toner • and more

Best of all, it's free to recycle every day in every Staples® store.

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Our impact since 2012

153,789,265

pounds of technology have been recycled in Staples stores.

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Happening now — and every day in store. You bring the stuff, we'll bring the rewards.

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Exclusions apply.

Working towards a brighter tomorrow.

Recycling isn't just a service for us, it's our commitment to our communities — to help shape a more sustainable future for the next generation.

Recycling is rewarding.

$5 back

in rewards when you recycle or shred in store.

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Limited to once per customer per calendar month.
Redeemable in store only.

plus

$2 back

in rewards per recycled ink or toner cartridge.

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Here's how easy it is to recycle at Staples.

Gather your eligible items to recycle and visit us in store.

Speak to an associate at Checkout to recycle your items.

Earn rewards and unlock exclusive offers.

What can be recycled in store.

Tech

Adapters & cables

All-in-one computers

Battery backup devices

Cable / satellite receivers

Calculators

Camcorders

CD / DVD / Blu-ray players

Coffee brewers (less than 40 lb.)

Computer speakers

Connected home devices

Copiers

Cordless phones

Desktop computers

Digital cameras

Digital projectors

eReaders

Fax machines

Flash drives

Gaming consoles

GPS devices

Hard drives

Keyboards & mice

Label makers

Laminators

Laptops

MP3 players

Mobile phones

Modems

Monitors (CRT, LED / LCD, plasma)

Printers & multifunction devices

Routers

Scanners

Shredders

Small servers

Stereo receivers

Tablets

Video streaming devices

Webcams

Printer cartridges

Ink cartridges

Toner cartridges

Rechargable batteries

Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd)

Lithium ion (Li-Ion)

Small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb)

Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH)

Nickel zinc (Ni-ZN)

Paper

Shredding (cost per pound)

Other

SodaStream® CO2 cylinders


What can't be recycled in store.

Air conditioners

Alkaline batteries

Appliances

Floor-model printers and copiers

Kitchen appliances

Lamps or bulbs

Large servers

Large speakers

Non-rechargeable lithium batteries

Smoke detectors

Televisions

Vaporizers

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Store management has the right to refuse to accept items that may pose a health or safety risk. When you recycle your eligible electronic device at Staples, you relinquish all ownership rights in the device when you give it to Staples to be recycled. Additionally, Staples is not responsible for any data left on the device turned in for recycling. You are solely responsible for removing data from your device, and you acknowledge that submission of a device for recycling is at your sole risk. When you give your device to Staples for recycling, you further represent that you either: (1) are the sole owner of the electronic device and of any data that was on the electronic device before you deleted all such data prior to recycling; or (2) have permission to proceed with recycling from all other owners of the electronic device or of any data that was on the electronic device before you deleted all such data prior to recycling.

Impact you can track.

Every time you recycle, you're making a difference. And it really adds up. Check out your community's recycling impact and track our progress in the Staples Connect™ app.

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Committed to sustainability.

For more than 20 years, Staples has invested in waste reduction and energy efficiency programs for our stores, distribution centers and customers.

Frequently asked questions

What is free recycling at Staples?

Staples accepts a wide range of electronic items, as well as ink and toner cartridges, Soda Stream® CO2 cylinders and more, for free recycling every day. No purchase is necessary to recycle, and we accept all brands of items regardless of where they were purchased.

What electronics can be recycled?

We'll gladly accept and responsibly recycle the following:

Adapters & cables
All-in-one computers
Battery backup devices
Cable/satellite receivers
Calculators
Camcorders
CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray players
Coffee brewers (less than 40 lb.)
Computer speakers
Connected home devices
Copiers
Cordless phones
Desktop computers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
eReaders
Fax machines
Flash drives
Gaming consoles
GPS devices
Hard drives
Keyboards & mice
Label makers
Laminators
Laptops
MP3 players
Mobile phones
Modems
Monitors (CRT, LED/LCD, plasma)
Printers & multifunction devices
Routers
Scanners
Shredders
Small servers
Stereo receivers
Tablets
Video streaming devices
Webcams

What other items can be recycled?

We'll gladly accept and responsibly recycle the following:

Ink cartridges
Toner cartridges

Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries
Lithium ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries
Small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb) rechargeable batteries
Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries
Nickel zinc (Ni-ZN) rechargeable batteries

SodaStream® CO2 cylinders

What items can be shredded?

Staples offers shredding services (cost per pound), and we'll gladly accept and shred the following:

Adhesive notes
Blueprints
Brochures
Business cards
Business forms
Calendars
Carbonless forms
Catalogs
Color paper
Copy paper
Coated paper
Datebooks
Envelopes/window envelopes
File folders
Flyers
Magazines
Newspaper
Notebooks (stitched and spiral bound)
Paper packaging
Paper price tags
Photographs
Receipts
Stapled paper

Do you accept batteries and if so what kind?

Staples only accepts rechargeable 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 do not accept automotive/wet-cell batteries or alkaline or lithium batteries.

Are appliances eligible for tech recycling?

Staples currently accepts coffee brewers weighing less than 40 pounds. No other appliances are currently eligible for recycling at this time.

What items cannot be recycled?

Staples has a small list of prohibited items that cannot be accepted for recycling in our stores. We're unable to accept the following:

Alkaline batteries (except in certain states/municipalities where retail collection is required, such as Vermont)
Appliances
Floor-model printers and copiers
Kitchen electronics (other than coffee brewers)
Lamps or bulbs
Large servers
Large speakers
Non-rechargeable lithium batteries
Smoke detectors
Televisions
Vaporizers

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.). If you are unsure whether an item is acceptable, please contact your local Staples® store with questions.

What items cannot be shredded?

Staples has a small list of prohibited items that cannot be accepted for shredding in our stores. We're unable to accept the following:

Binders
Cardboard
CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray discs
Computer discs
Hardcover books
Hanging folders
ID badges/driver's licenses
Large binder clips
Microfiche/microfilm
Plastic bags/packing material
Telephone books
Transparencies
VCR and backup tapes
X-rays

Is there a limit on how many items I can recycle?

Staples has a limit of 7 items per customer per day. Certain stores may, at the general manager's discretion, accept a larger number of items on a case-by-case basis.

Where in the store should I bring my items to be recycled?

All items eligible for recycling should be brought to the checkout area of the store to be assessed and accepted by a Staples associate. If accepted, the associate will process your items to be recycled and qualify the no-cost transaction for earned rewards if an enrolled Staples Rewards® member.

Where in the store should I bring my items to be shredded?

All items eligible for shredding should be brought to the print center to be assessed and accepted by a Staples associate. If accepted, the associate will process your items to be shredded and qualify the transaction (cost per pound) for earned rewards if an enrolled Staples Rewards member.

Do I have to be a Staples Rewards member to recycle?

No, you do not need to be a Staples Rewards member to recycle items at Staples. However, the only way to earn rewards for recycling is to be a Staples Rewards member.

I have a business, can I recycle as part of this program?

Staples accepts eligible items from any customers whether they are for personal or business use. However, employees of businesses or other organizations should confirm with their information technology team about recycling any company devices. There may be specific requirements that need to be met before recycling items.

Staples takes steps to protect customer information and our recycling partners will erase customer computers prior to recycling as part of our technology services. We do not provide asset tracking, certificates of destruction or certificates of erasure through our retail store program. Staples does offer mail-back box programs and pickup of electronics for businesses with 10+ employees through our Staples Advantage® division.

Can I recycle at any Staples store?

All Staples stores except for our smaller-format stores in New York City and Washington, D.C. accept electronics for free recycling every day they are open. Find a Staples near you.

Why should I recycle at Staples?

Unlike many municipal programs, some other national retailers, and other local recyclers, recycling all eligible items at Staples is always free and convenient. Plus, as a Staples Rewards member, you can earn rewards for recycling tech, ink & toner and more. Since 2012, Staples stores have recycled more than 153 million pounds of technology and more than 211 million pounds of ink & toner cartridges.

How are my electronics processed once they've been recycled at a Staples store?

Materials Staples collects from customers are kept in an employee-only area of the store for a short time until sufficient material has been collected to backhaul to our Staples warehouse locations. The Staples warehouses consolidate the electronics into full truckloads and ship the material to the facilities of our national recycling partner. There, the material is triaged based on potential for remanufacturing or parts harvesting. Items that can be refurbished or that may have parts that can be reused are separated and processed separately.

Any computers, phones or other data-containing devices with hard drives entering the reuse market are wiped to Department of Defense specifications or the hard drives/memory cards are destroyed. Older electronic items are pre-processed and then run through a large shredder to separate various metals, plastics and glass for sending to different downstream recycling facilities.

What if I need to recover data from a recycled item?

When you recycle your eligible electronic device at Staples, you relinquish all ownership rights in the device when you give it to Staples to be recycled. Additionally, Staples is not responsible for any data left on the device turned in for recycling.

You are solely responsible for removing data from your device, and you acknowledge that submission of a device for recycling is at your sole risk. When you give your device to Staples for recycling, you further represent that you either: (1) are the sole owner of the electronic device and of any data that was on the electronic device before you deleted all such data prior to recycling; or (2) have permission to proceed with recycling from all other owners of the electronic device or of any data that was on the electronic device before you deleted all such data prior to recycling.

How does Staples ensure the material you collect is responsibly recycled?

Staples is an e-Stewards Enterprise, which means that we have committed to using certified e-Stewards recyclers whenever possible to handle the materials we collect. Our recycling partner is audited against stringent standards and discloses its downstream processing partners to ensure that they are using responsible e-waste recycling practices and not exporting or otherwise improperly handling electronic materials.

Recycling Rewards

Each Rewards Member is eligible to receive $5 back in rewards via Store Bonus for recycling or shredding performed at Staples® U.S. stores only. Eligible items to be recycled include adapters and cables, computers, tablets, monitors, keyboards and mice, printers, scanners, fax machines, mobile phones, digital cameras, ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, shredding and SodaStream® CO2 cylinders. No minimum purchase required. $5 recycling reward limited to once per customer per calendar month. Member may recycle multiple times however Store Bonus will only be issued for the first qualifying visit per calendar month. For in-store recycling, the Member must be physically present at the store when items are accepted by an associate to be recycled, and their Membership account must be identified. All stores are eligible for recycling and shredding and all Members are eligible to earn rewards for recycling and shredding. Store Bonus checks are issued monthly via the Staples Connect™ mobile app or on staples.com/rewards. Store Bonus may be redeemed at any Staples U.S. store by the expiration date printed on your Store Bonus. Store Bonus is not redeemable for cash. Staples is not liable for unclaimed or expired Store Bonus. Store Bonus cannot be redeemed for or applied against cash, taxes, credit remittance, shipping charges, custom printing orders placed online, promotional products, any purchases made on staples.com®, design.staples.com, documents.staples.com, design.staples.com/promotional-products, gift cards, prepaid phone cards, postage stamps, prior purchases, purchases made on staplesmobile.com or purchases on third-party websites.

Staples Recycling Program ("Program")

Terms and Conditions ("Terms")

In an effort to reduce waste going to landfills, Staples has created the Staples Recycling Program which offers Customers the option of bringing in select items to Staples U.S. stores, where it's EASY and REWARDING to recycle. These Terms are an agreement between you ("Customer" or "you") and Staples ("Staples"), and they govern your use of and participation in the Staples Recycling Program.

This Program is available to all Staples customers that bring in Select Recyclable Items. Customers who are 18 years of age or older with a valid U.S. mailing address and a valid email address may enroll in the Staples Rewards® Program to receive recycling rewards for certain Select Recyclable Items that they recycle with Staples. The Program applies to Staples U.S. stores only.

1. Select Recyclable Items

The items that may be recycled at a Staples U.S. store ("Select Recyclable Items") include print cartridges, a variety of electronics, SodaStream® CO2 containers, select rechargeable batteries, select kitchen appliances and paper. The list may change from time to time, and the complete list of Select Recyclable Items at any given time will be available on the Staples website at: https://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/sustainability-center/recycling-services/. Some locations may offer additional recycling services. Items that are determined by Staples, in its sole discretion, to pose a health or safety risk will not be accepted. Staples does not accept products that are subject to a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall.

The Select Recyclable Items may be recycled free of any charge to the Customer. Customer may recycle up to seven (7) items per day. Certain Select Recyclable Items are or may become eligible for Staples Rewards. For more information on and terms related to Staples Rewards, please visit https://www.staples.com/grs/rewards/programoverview.

2. Electronics Recycling

Select Recyclable Items include a variety of electronic devices. Customers that recycle eligible electronic devices at Staples relinquish all ownership rights in the devices when they give them to Staples to be recycled. Additionally, Staples is not responsible for any data left on devices turned in for recycling. The Customer is solely responsible for removing data from their devices, and the Customer acknowledges that submission of a device for recycling is at the Customer's sole risk. Customer further represents that Customer either: (1) is the sole owner of the electronic device and of any data that was on the electronic device before Customer deleted all such data prior to recycling; or (2) has permission to proceed with recycling from all other owners of the electronic device or of any data that was on the electronic device before Customer deleted all such data prior to recycling.

3. Self-Service, In-Store Recycling

Some Staples stores offer self-service recycling kiosks which permit Customers to complete their recycling without the assistance of an associate. Customers are responsible for following the steps to ensure that any coupons or Staples Rewards that would be awarded are attributed to them or to their Staples Rewards account. Customers assume the risks when it comes to participating in the self-serve process in those stores.

4. California Residents

In order to comply with the conditions of The State of California's Electronic Waste Recycling Payment program, Customers in California will be asked to provide additional information to allow Staples to submit the information required for the recycling payment. The provision of this information is optional, and Customer's refusal to provide such information will not preclude them from participating in this Program or in the Staples Rewards Program.

5. General

For information on how we protect your personal information, see Staples' U.S. Privacy Policy on staples.com. Staples is not liable for unclaimed, expired, lost or misdirected statements or other communications from Staples to the Customer or the Customer to Staples.

These Terms are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. Any Customer's legal action against Staples relating to the Program may only be filed in the state and federal courts of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then the invalid portion shall be deemed conformed to the minimum requirements of law to the extent possible. In addition, all other provisions of these Terms shall not be affected and shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Program is void where prohibited by law. Staples reserves the right to modify, revise or cancel this Program, the Terms or any part of the Program at any time for all participants or for any specific participant without prior notice. Staples' decision on whether a particular item can be accepted for recycling or is eligible for Staples Rewards shall be final.

By participating in the Program, Customers agree to and are subject to these Terms.

Environmental Impact

The environmental impact benefit calculations in the Staples Connect app related to recycling programs are estimates provided for informational purposes only. Greenhouse gas equivalencies were determined by applying EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) factors and factors from EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to average weights by item type. Actual impact benefits will vary based on a variety of factors.