Multi-Channel Retailer Sells Approximately 4,000 Products with
Environmental Attributes; Offers Technology and Ink and Toner
Cartridge Recycling Services
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2007--Office Depot
(NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services,
is celebrating "America Recycles Day" (November 15) this year by
focusing on its growing array of "green" products and services, while
offering customers more ways to recycle in the workplace. Office Depot
sells more than 3,500 products with recycled content and hundreds more
featuring other environmental attributes. The Company also provides a
wide-range of "green" solutions, including its new Tech Recycling
Service and its signature Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling and
Battery/Cell Phone Recycling programs.
"Office Depot's environmental strategy is structured around a
vision to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green," said
Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor for Office Depot.
"It's important that we continually improve Office Depot's own
sustainability as well as that of our suppliers and customers. The
best way to accomplish this is by providing our stakeholders with
innovative products and services that are also green."
Office Depot has compiled a list of the top ten ways to recycle at
home and in the office.
- Buy recycled paper and print on both sides. When using paper in
the office, print on both sides of the sheet and recycle the
paper when you are finished. Today, only half of the paper used
in North America is recycled. By recycling one ton of paper, you
can save 17 trees, almost 7,000 gallons of water and more than
three cubic yards of landfill space.
- Recycle your outdated technology. According to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw out two million
tons of e-waste each year. Avoid adding to that waste by
recycling your old technology. Office Depot's Tech Recycling
Service allows customers to recycle their "tech trash" at Office
Depot stores nationwide for a small fee. For more information go
- Make recycling bins readily available. Make sure your home and
office are outfitted with recycling bins for paper, plastic and
metal. Keep them out in the open and label them appropriately.
Sometimes the convenience factor is all that is needed.
- Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. Almost eight
cartridges are thrown out in the U.S. every second of every day.
That's almost 700,000 cartridges per day. Instead, recycle your
ink and toner cartridges at Office Depot. For every eligible
empty cartridge returned (up to 25), customers receive a $3
- Buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Office Depot brand
remanufactured cartridges cost on average 15% less than the
national brand equivalent and come with a 100% no risk quality
guarantee. Each remanufactured cartridge keeps approximately
2.5lbs of metal and plastic out of landfills and saves about a
half gallon of oil.
- Recycle old newspapers laying around the office. When finished
reading the newspaper, either leave it for someone else to read
or recycle it! It can take decades for newspapers to biodegrade
when sent to landfills.
- Look for the recycled option in all the products you buy. It's not
just paper that is recycled! Now available at Office Depot stores
and online at www.officedepot.com/buygreen are recycled packing
peanuts, recycled scissors, recycled paper clips and much more.
- Buy rechargeable batteries. It takes 1,000 regular batteries to
equal the lifespan of one rechargeable battery. When you are
discarding your batteries, recycle them (along with your cell
phones) at a local Office Depot store.
- Purchase rewritable CDs and DVDs so that you can reuse them from
project to project. Instead of printing out a lengthy document,
save it to an 8GB Ativa Flash Drive, which can hold approximately
- Reuse your morning coffee cup. Or better yet buy a mug to avoid
the waste caused by throwing away the paper or Styrofoam.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it will take
approximately one million years for Styrofoam to biodegrade.
For more information on Office Depot's environmental initiatives
and to view the Company's recently published Corporate Citizenship
Report, visit: www.officedepot.com/environment and
About Office Depot
Office Depot provides more office products and services to more
customers in more countries than any other company.
Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla.,
Office Depot has annual sales of over $15.4 billion, and employs
approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the
Company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43
Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel -- from
retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. As of
June 30, 2007, Office Depot had 1,186 retail stores in North America
and another 369 stores, either company-owned, licensed or franchised,
in other parts of the world. Office Depot serves a wide range of
customers through a dedicated sales force, telephone account managers,
direct mail offerings, and multiple web sites. With $4.7 billion in
online sales during the last twelve months, the Company is also one of
the world's largest e-commerce retailers.
Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index.
Additional press information can be found at:
http://mediarelations.officedepot.com. Press materials and background
specific to Office Depot's environmental initiatives and product
offerings is available at
CONTACT: Office Depot, Delray Beach
Melissa Perlman, 561-438-0704
SOURCE: Office Depot