When I think of recycling technology, I think of going to a landfill, but the office store Staples has another idea. It was news to me to learn that Staples recycles technology – and even broadly defines what that is. They do so, for free, every day, but to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15) they are incentivizing the practice by offering coupons for those who recycle next week (November 11-17).

Staples will accept most anything computer related including ink cartridges, but also gaming systems, GPS devices, MP3 players, shredders, cordless phones, DVD players and coffee brewers! (You need to find your own final resting place for kitchen electronics, televisions and lamps.) They will even wipe your data to meet Department of Defense standards.

Staples may have ulterior motives behind their recycling – hoping their environmental practices may cause you to go there for purchases as well as drop-offs – but it is a generous and extensive service no matter the rationale behind it.

Make recycling your technology a regular part of your organizational habits – especially now that you know where to do it for free.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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