Call2Recycle and Staples Canada, The Working and Learning Company, celebrates two decades of collaboration dedicated to battery recycling and environmental sustainability. Since the beginning of their partnership in 2004, Call2Recycle and Staples Canada have constantly strived to launch new battery recycling and environmental stewardship initiatives, resulting in over 1.8 million kilograms of batteries diverted from landfills by Staples Canada over the past 20 years.

In 2023, Staples Canada stepped up its recycling efforts by implementing Call2Recycle’s “Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!” program in its 300+ stores, along with additional in-store recycling initiatives. This has allowed Staples Canada to surpass a sustainability milestone ahead of its 2025 Goals for a Greener Future, having diverted over 840,000 kgs of batteries from landfills since 2020 a year ahead of their 5-year goal. In recognition of this exceptional recycling commitment, Call2Recycle’s awarded Staples Canada the Leader in Sustainability Award for the fourth year in a row.

“Staples Canada has been an incredible partner over the past 20 years in advancing our mission to collect and recycle as many end-of-life batteries as possible,” said Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle Canada. “The commitment across the entire Staples team provides their shoppers with a convenient battery recycling solution across Canada. We are proud of the environmental accomplishments and impact we’ve achieved together, and we look forward to further expanding our sustainable collaboration.”

“Our commitment to sustainability extends to the products we sell and the services we offer,” said Rachel Huckle, CEO of Staples Canada. “The long-standing partnership we have with Call2Recycle provides a convenient in-store battery recycling experience and empowers Canadians to play an active role in environmental responsibility. As we celebrate two decades with Call2Recycle and the achievement of our battery recycling target, we are excited to continue working together to make it easier for Canadians to recycle.”

Call2Recycle collaborates with leading retailers like Staples Canada, as well as battery manufacturers, provincial governments, and municipalities, striving to collect and recycle as many used batteries as possible across Canada, driving positive environmental progress nationwide. In 2023, almost 6 million kilograms of used batteries were diverted from Canadian landfills through Call2Recycle’s “Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!” program – the program’s ‘best year yet’, surpassing 45 million kilograms of batteries recycled since its inception in 1997.

Recycling used batteries not only keeps them out of landfills but enables the recovery of valuable materials for reuse in the manufacturing of new products, reducing both the production costs and environmental impact and contributing to a strong circular economy. With 92% of Canadians living within 15 kilometres of a Call2Recycle drop-off location, including all Staple Canada stores, it’s convenient and easy for Canadians to ‘Collect, Protect, and Drop-Off’ their batteries for recycling.

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