Office Depot Begins Electronic Recycling Program

By Deane Barker on July 13, 2004

Office Depot offers to recycle electronics for free: This is a Very Good Thing. I’m not an Earth-muffin or anything, but old electronics do some really crappy things to the environment.

Don’t be so quick to toss out your old PCs, fax machines or digital cameras — office supply retailer Office Depot is offering to recycle one electronic product a day for free all through the summer, according to a published report Tuesday. […]

The offer includes all brands of electronics, and products including computer monitors, digital cameras, copiers, fax machines, cellphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and TVs that are 27 inches or smaller, the report said.

“One product a day” means one product per person per day.



  1. In a lot of cellphone recycling programs, the phone companies sell the used cellphones to another company (at a profit), which then refurbishes them and resells the phone in Central America. I wonder if Office Depot’s program is actually altruistic, or if they have a way of turning a profit on these used items? Either way, it’s still better than the landfill.

  2. And it’s better than the $10 that the city recycling center charges to take these things off of our hands.

  3. What does The Depot do with all of the e-Waste they are getting back from citizens? Do they recycle it themselves? They would need a significant infrastructure (i.e. a giant warehouse with a giant shredder) to handle all of the electronics that is being returned to them. Unless they are partnering with a third party company who specializes in e-recycling…

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