Office Depot Extends Tech Recycling Service Continent-Wide

Office Depot Extends Tech Recycling Service Continent-Wide

Office Depot yesterday launched a new, expanded version of its Tech Recycling Service, which covers the company's 1,100-plus stores in North America, and is designed to make it easy for customers to keep their potentially toxic gadgets from ending up in landfills.

The service originally launched in 2006, covering some 100 Office Depots in the U.S., and the company estimates that the program has already recycled more than 108,000 pounds of technology.

The Tech Recycling Service is in addition to the company's current recycling services, which include cell phones, rechargeable batteries and ink and toner cartridges. Office Depot is also one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Plug-In To eCycling partners. Through this partnership, electronics manufacturers and retailers offer consumers more opportunities to reuse and recycle their used electronics.

"Office Depot's environmental vision is to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green," said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor for Office Depot. "Through our Tech Recycling Service, we hope to offer our customers another solution for reducing their environmental impact."

This is only the latest in Office Depot's recycling program. For three months in 2004, the company joined up with Hewlett-Packard and the EPA to launch one of the largest-ever free recycling drives, which resulted in over 10.5 million pounds of recycled electronics. Office Depot also continues to maintain a free cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling program, which has diverted approximately four tons of small electronics from landfills.

Information about the Tech Recycling Service, including a list of what materials can be recycled, is available at OfficeDepot.com/techrecycling.