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Trending: Sustainability Making Retail Sustainable Staples Canada shows how JOHN WINSTON A t Staples Canada, "Facility Services is responsible for collaborating on and developing and implement i ng ou r sustainability initiatives," said Leigh Pearson, RFMP, Director, Facilities, Environment and Procurement, for Staples Canada. "We have a long-term commitment to growing the business in a sustainable manner and reducing its impact on the environment." Multi-faceted Recycling Program Partnering with Call2Recycle, Staples Canada collects and recycles both rechargeable and alkaline batteries in every Staples store. The retailer has a goal of collecting 100,000 kilograms of batteries in 2014. So far, from January to March 2014, 30,295 kilograms of batteries were collected and diverted from landfills. Every year, 300 million ink cartridges end up in North American landfills. Staples Canada offers several options to Leigh Pearson, RFMP, Director, Facilities, Environment and Procurement at Staples Canada and winner of the 2012 PRSM Sustainability Award. 8 I PROFESSIONAL RETAIL STORE MAINTENANCE I reduce that number. Since 2008, Staples Canada customers have been able to drop used ink and toner cartridges off for recycling at all store locations. The company's goal of collecting five million ink cartridges between Earth Day 2012 and Earth Day 2014 was surpassed. This year, Staples Canada set a new goal of collecting 20 million cartridges by Earth Day 2016. In the first quarter of 2014, 684,685 cartridges were collected, an 8.8 percent increase over the previous quarter. "We help schools recycle ink and toner cartridges through our Staples Canada School Recycling program where schools are encouraged to sign up for a free ink cartridge collection bin which Staples takes back free of charge," Pearson said. "Our goal is to help schools collect and divert 100,000 cartridges by Earth Day 2015." In an effort to keep eight-million pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfill sites annually, Staples, with help from its national electronics recycling partner eCycle Solutions, expanded its electronics drop-off program in early 2013. Now operating in almost all Canadian retail locations, recyclable items accepted include PDAs, cell phones, computers and computer parts. Customers with confidential documents they no longer need can bring them to Staples Canada for secure paper shredding. With the help of Iron Mountain, the resulting shredded materials are recycled. Within Staples Canada, generic waste paper and pallets are recycled, while documents with sensitive information

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PRSM 2015 Trends Report

The Future Is Now
Brick & Mortar Innovation
Mobile Applications
Developing the Team of Tomorrow
Advertisers’ Index

PRSM 2015 Trends Report