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Staples and Washington State Environmental Organizations Celebrate ''America Recycles Day'' with Two-Week Computer Recycling Event; October 30 -- November 15

Used Computer Equipment to be Collected at all 27 Staples Stores in Washington; School Districts throughout Washington to Benefit

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 7:00 am EDT

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"The Staples recycling program is a great example of private sector initiative and good business sense helping address an environmental problem"

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) and several environmental organizations throughout Washington state will honor the upcoming "America Recycles Day" with a computer recycling program encouraging consumers to recycle used computer systems at 27 Staples stores in Washington. The Staples Computer Recycling Program encourages Washington residents take an active role in addressing the growing problem of computer waste in their communities. Consumers can recycle their used computer equipment by bringing it to a participating Staples store in Washington beginning on Saturday, Oct. 30 through "America Recycles Day," Monday, Nov. 15.

Staples asks customers to make a $10 donation when they bring in their computer for recycling. The donation covers an entire "system" which includes a computer, monitor, mouse and keyboard, or any single piece. One-hundred percent of the donation will be contributed by Staples to the local school district selected by the customer from a list of participating school districts available from each participating Staples store location.

Over $30,000 was raised for school districts in Western Washington during a similar event to celebrate Earth Day this past spring. In appreciation for supporting the Staples Computer Recycling Program, Staples will provide recyclers with a coupon good for $10 off their next in-store purchase of $30 or more, and $30 off their next purchase of $150 or more through www.staples.com or 1-800-333-3330.

Staples is working with Onyx Electronics Recycling to disassemble the computer equipment for recycling, beneficial re-use and for environmentally sound disposal of hazardous materials. Onyx will have the material consolidated in Washington, and it will be transported to Arizona for processing. The units will be processed domestically, without the use of prison labor, and hazardous components will be properly handled by Onyx.

"Staples is pleased to offer and make it easy for our customers the opportunity to responsibly recycle computers and support local education at the same time," said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs for Staples, Inc. "Each year, thousands of computers and computer monitors fall into disuse and end up in landfills or disposed at waste-to-energy facilities. With the increased popularity of energy-saving LCD flat screen monitors, there is an excessive amount of old, bulky monitors desperately needing to be properly recycled."

Staples is a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency's Plug-In To eCycling campaign (www.plugintoecycling.org), which aims to give Americans more opportunities to safely, conveniently and affordably recycle their old electronics. As part of Staples' efforts to increase awareness over the importance of electronics recycling, the Staples Computer Recycling Event will engage a number of environmental interests throughout Washington state, including:

  • Clark County Public Works -- Recycleman and the Dumpster Divers, Pete DuBois, 360-991-1761
  • Earth 911, Anne Reichman, 480-889-2650
  • King County Solid Waste Division, Lisa Sepanski, 206-296-4489
  • Snohomish Solid Waste Management Division, Sego Jackson, 425-388-6490
  • Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, Suzanne Tresko, 509-625-6529
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Plug-In To eCycling, Verena Radulovic, 703-605-0760
  • Washington State Department of Ecology/Environmental Education Outreach, Michelle Payne, 360-407-6129

Currently, about 800,000 obsolete computers sit idle in Washington households, while businesses in the state generate 250,000 to 500,000 obsolete computer systems each year, according to King County Solid Waste Division(1).

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the Department of Ecology to conduct research and develop recommendations for implementing and financing a collection, recycling, and reuse program for electronic products. Reports are due to the legislature in Dec. 2004 and Dec. 2005.

"The Staples recycling program is a great example of private sector initiative and good business sense helping address an environmental problem," said Representative Mike Cooper, sponsor of the legislation. "This program is even more interesting since it helps raise funds for local school districts."

The Staples Computer Recycling Program is part of Staples' overall commitment to the environment, which includes offering recycled content products, chain-wide recycling initiatives, energy conservation and renewable power programs, and education initiatives for customers and associates.

In 2003, Staples created Staples Recycle for Education, which raised $1.5 million in its first year for state education funds nationwide. The program donates $1 per eligible recycled inkjet and toner cartridge to state public education funds. The program's success resulted in the addition of a school-based ink jet recycling program that provides $1 for each eligible cartridge directly to schools when they register at www.staplesrecyclefored.com.

Staples Washington Stores (27):

Aberdeen       1109 E. Wishkah Blvd.       360-538-0536
Bellevue 1645 140th NE, Suite A4 425-373-3335
Bothell 18438 120th Ave. NE 425-486-5034
Burien 14907 4th Street SW 206-988-3775
Chehalis 1740 National Avenue 360-748-3500
Issaquah 628 North Front Street 425-837-3681
Kent (Renton) 18129 East Valley Hwy South 425-291-5301
Kent (Seattle) 25420 104th Avenue SE 253-854-2677
Lynnwood Golden Creek Plaza 425-672-8535
3011-196th Street SW
Marysville 105 Mall Way 360-657-2322
Mill Creek 16232 Bothell Everett Hwy 425-743-6882
Monroe 19139 State Route 2 360-863-8870
Moses Lake 815 North Stratford Rd, Suite B 509-765-4600
Olympia 1200 Cooper Point Rd. #518 360-570-0800
Port Orchard 1805 S.E. Lund Avenue 360-874-6700
Redmond 15790 Redmond Way 425-869-5929
Richland 1480 Tapteal Drive 509-374-8878
Seattle 1541 15th Avenue West 206-352-8644
Seattle 13240 Aurora Avenue North 206-306-0331
Seattle 2501 SW Trenton Street 206-938-4495
Sequim 990A East Washington Street 360-681-5493
Silverdale 2850 Bucklin Hill Road #101 360-307-0777
Spokane 9960 North Newport Highway 509-466-8989
Spokane 2624 North Division Road 509-328-6495
Spokane Valley 15224 East Indiana Avenue 509-927-8291
Walla Walla 420 North Wilbur St., Suite 116 509-526-4664
Wenatchee 200 Ferry Road 509-663-4200

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products retailer. With 60,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2003 sales of $13 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 18 countries throughout North America and Europe. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,600 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

(1) Data compiled by Cascadia Consulting Group, Seattle. They compiled two reports, one for Seattle Public Utilities and one for the Department of Ecology. This data came from estimates based upon these two studies.

Contact:

Zigzagit Marketing for Staples, Inc.
Mark Dyce, 206-669-2530
mdyce@zigzagit.com
or
Staples, Inc.
Julie Mittelman, 508-253-8580
julie.mittelman@staples.com

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