September 13-20, 2004

Staples begins year-long recycling program to support public schools

TORONTO, ONT-Staples Business Depot last week launched its national Recycle for Education campaign, starting if off with a donation of 1,000 used inkjet and toner cartridges collected from Staples stores and employees in the Greater Toronto Area. The purpose of the year-long program is to raise money for schools by recycling used inkjet and laser toner cartridges. "Staples Business Depot will donate $1.00 for every eligible cartridge recycled in its stores," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Business Depot in Canada. Statistics indicate that one school can use 1,000 inkjet cartridges annually and each student uses between six and ten cartridges a year. "Millions of cartridges are dumped in the garbage and then thrown in landfill sites where it can take centuries before the plastic containers decompose, so recycling them will make a huge impact," Matyas noted. Specially marked recycling bins will be placed in all 231 Staples stores across Canada where cartridges can be dropped off. The money raised will be directed to public schools that register on-line for the program. To be eligible to receive funds raised, schools are asked to register with the program at www.recyclefored.ca before June 1, 2005. The funds raised will be distributed to participating schools in September 2005. Staples expects to raise $250,000 for participating schools this year. More information is available from Alessandra Saccal at Staples, 905/513-6116, ext. 2363, E-mail alessandra.saccal@staples.ca.
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