1.5 million pounds of tech waste recycled by Office Depot
Office Depot recycled a total of 1,431,439 lbs of technology in 2008 through its Tech Recycling Service. First introduced in 2007, the Office Depot Tech Recycling Service enables customers to recycle e-waste, including computers, printers, media drives and small televisions, at Office Depot store locations in the continental U.S. The recycling portion of the process is handled by Intechra, Office Depotâ€™s recycling vendor.
According to Intechra, one of the largest tech recyclers in the U.S., the most common technology items accepted through Office Depotâ€™s Tech Recycling Service during 2008 included: printers (more than 12,000 were collected); computers (approximately 6,000 were collected); PC monitors (more than 6,000 recycled); and telephones (about 2,500 collected).
After items are collected by Office Depot and shipped to Intechra, materials are crushed, compacted and turned into raw materials, such as glass, plastic, copper and aluminum.