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Recycling Services at Staples

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


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Our impact since 2012

pounds of technology have been recycled in Staples stores.


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Recycling is rewarding


$5 back

in rewards when you recycle or shred in store. Exclusions apply. Limited to once per customer per calendar month. Redeemable in store only.

$2 back

in rewards per recycled ink or toner cartridges. Limit up to 20 per month. $50 purchase requirement within previous 180 days.

It’s all right in the app


See your recycling rewards, plus track your local community’s progress and learn more about your impact in the Staples Connect™ app.

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What can be recycled in store


Adapters & cables

Battery backup devices

Cable/satellite receivers


CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs & players

Coffee brewers (less than 40 lb.)


Computer speakers

Connected home devices

Digital and video cameras

Digital projectors

Fax machines

Flash drives

Gaming consoles and controllers

GPS devices

Hard drives

Headphones and earbuds

Keyboards & mice

Label makers

Tech (cont.)



MP3 players

Monitors (CRT, LED / LCD, plasma)


Printers & multifunction devices

Routers & modems



Small servers

Stereo receivers

Stylus pens

Tablets & eReaders

Video streaming devices



Printer cartridges

Ink cartridges

Toner cartridges


Single-use alkaline NEW

Non-rechargeable lithium NEW

Rechargeable Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd)

Lithium ion (Li-Ion)

Small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb)

Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH)

Nickel zinc (Ni-ZN)


Writing tools

Pens and markers NEW

Mechanical pencils NEW



Even more

Phone cases NEW

Tablet cases NEW

Shredding (cost per pound)

SodaStream® CO2 cylinders

What can’t be recycled in store

Air conditioners


Floor-model printers and copiers

Kitchen appliances

Lamps or bulbs

Large servers

Large speakers

Medical devices

Records and record players

Smoke detectors



Ready to recycle?

Swing by your local Staples store today or download a printable version of our recyclable items to reference or share with your community.

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. Staples cannot accept automotive/wet-cell batteries or rechargeable batteries over 11 pounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Recycling reward offer terms: 

Each Rewards Member is eligible to receive $5 back in rewards (“$5 Recyling Reward(s)”) for recycling eligible items and paper shredding at Staples® U.S. stores only, redeemable in stores only. Eligible items are ink and toner, select rechargeable batteries, select writing instruments, phone/tablet cases, SodaStream® CO2 cylinders, paper shredding, adapters and cables, battery backup devices, calculators, CD/DVD and Blu-ray discs and players, coffee brewers under 40 lbs, computers and laptops, connected home devices, tablets, monitors, keyboards and mice, printers, scanners, shredders, fax machines, flash drives, mobile phones, digital and video cameras, digital projectors, cable/satellite receivers, computer speakers, gaming consoles and controllers, GPS devices, hard drives, headphones and earbuds, label makers, laminators, MP3 players, routers & modems, small servers, stereo receivers, stylus pens, video streaming devices, and webcams. For a complete list of rechargeable batteries and writing instruments eligible for recycling, please visit  No minimum purchase required. $5 Recycling Reward limited to once per customer per calendar month, nontransferable Members may recycle multiple times, however $5 Recycling Reward will only be issued for the first qualifying visit per calendar month. For in-store recycling, the Rewards 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 offer recycling and shredding, and all Rewards Members are eligible to earn rewards for qualifying recycling and shredding. $5 Recyling Rewards checks are issued monthly via the Staples Connect™ mobile app or to the Rewards Member’s Staples Rewards online account. $5 Recyling Rewards may be redeemed at any Staples U.S. store by the expiration date printed on your reward. Reward must be presented to associate at time of checkout to redeem.  $5 Recycling Rewards are not redeemable for cash/credit. Staples is not liable for unclaimed or expired rewards.  Not valid on taxes, shipping charges, custom printing orders placed online, promotional products, any purchases made on®,,,, gift cards, prepaid phone cards, postage stamps, prior purchases, purchases made on 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: 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 

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 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.

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.