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Reducing Operational Waste

Staples is not only committed to helping customers recycle and reduce their waste, we’re also dedicated to eliminating waste in our own operations. We have programs in place in our stores, distribution centers and offices to recycle materials such as cardboard, mixed paper, shrink wrap and pallets. We also actively seek out new methods for attaining our waste reduction goals.

Globally, we have reduced our waste to landfill by approximately 12% from our baseline year to our most recent reporting year, putting us on track to reach our goal (despite a slight increase from 2013 to 2014). This global increase was significantly driven by an increase in waste to landfill measured in the U.S. due to improved tracking and reporting capabilities for waste.

Total Waste Sent to Landfill

globally (Short Tons)


We continuously seek new ways to reduce waste and increase recycling in our facilities across the business. Initiatives like optimizing load size and pickup frequency; centralizing waste contracts to make it easy for facilities to adopt recycling programs; using waste audits to identify waste-reduction opportunities; and reallocating recycling equipment to boost participation are helping us reduce waste and increase diversion.


Achieve zero waste in our operations and help customers minimize their operational waste.


Zero-waste stores, warehouses and office facilities.

Long-Term Goals

Globally reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills by 25% before 2020.

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