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Staples Canada announces sustainability milestones surpassed

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Staples Canada's Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet reportedly generated more than 3,500 kilograms in reduced CO2 equivalents in 2023.

RICHMOND HILL — Staples Canada says it has surpassed two of its 2025 Goals for a Greener Future, including 8 million writing instruments and 840,000 kilograms of batteries recycled before 2025.

“We’re continuously investing in our sustainability initiatives to offer simple and effective solutions to help Canadians make environmentally conscious decisions, and we know our programs are making a difference. Our electronics recycling program alone has collected more than 23 million kilograms of e-waste since 2020,” said Rachel Huckle, CEO, Staples Canada. “We’re proud of the remarkable progress we’ve made in our journey towards a greener future, and as we approach 2025, we look forward to continuing to champion our sustainability objectives, making both our associates and communities proud.”

In 2020, Staples set its 2025 Goals for a Greener Future with the help of its sustainability partners. These sustainability goals focus on two key pillars: waste diversion recycling and energy efficiency. The following goals have been surpassed one year ahead of target:

8 million units of writing instruments recycled: In partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, Staples has been able to divert more than 8 million writing instruments from landfills. Through the program, customers are encouraged to drop off used writing instruments at their local Staples which are sent to TerraCycle for recycling – serving as the only free, in-store solution for writing instrument recycling in Canada.


840,000 kilograms of used batteries recycled: Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle Canada to collect used batteries (rechargeable and alkaline) from all store locations, Staples Professional and its Home Office for recycling. Through this partnership, Staples has been able to divert more than 840,000 kilograms of batteries from landfills since 2020. In recognition of progress made, Call2Recycle awarded Staples Canada with the 2023 Leader in Sustainability Award for the fourth year in a row.

Staples Canada’s Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet reportedly generated more than 3,500 kilograms in reduced CO2 equivalents in 2023. The EV trucks are designed to provide analytics to measure, monitor and share results of emission reductions and environmental impact in real-time. Staples continues to invest in EVs and has plans to expand the electrification of its fleet in the future.


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