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    NEW ink cartridge recycling thread. Staples, etc./ buyers through the mail.


    I just got an e-mail from Staples today. Among other things, they are changing their ink and toner recycle program.

    Here is the small print from the e-mail:

    As of 3/15/13 Staples Rewards® members receive 5% back in rewards on all items excluding taxes, postage, prepaid phone cards, delivery charges, coupons, gift cards and purchases made on third-party Web sites. Staples Rewards back are issued online monthly when the value of the Reward is at least $10. Rewards expire no less than 60 days after issuance. Monthly balances of less than $10 will roll over each month until the minimum is met for that calendar quarter. If the $10 minimum for the quarter has not been met, the balance will expire at the end of the quarter. Rewards members receive free shipping on all orders placed on® or by phone at 1-800-333-3330 for which a membership account is identified, excluding orders made at,, and third-party Web sites linked to Standard Staples delivery policies apply. Recycle any ink or toner cartridge, up to 10 per calendar month per customer, and, if the member has spent at least $30 in ink and/or toner purchases at Staples over the previous 180 days, the member will receive $2 back in Staples Rewards per cartridge. Ink and/or toner purchases made on the date of recycling are calculated toward minimum purchase requirement. Minimum purchase requirement is net of coupons, taxes and shipping charges. We will recycle additional cartridges but rewards will only be issued for 10 per calendar month per customer. Ink Recycling Rewards are issued online monthly, separately from your standard Staples Rewards statement. Ink resellers and remanufacturers are strictly prohibited from earning Ink Recycling Rewards. Staples Rewards membership is FREE. Limit one Staples Rewards account per person or at any mailing address. For full program details, visit

    So it appears that you now must use it for ink

    Office depot

    Join the Worklife Rewards® or Star Teacher program and bring in your empty cartridges for recycling to your nearest Office Depot store. As a member, you'll get $2 back in Recycling Rewards for each cartridge recycled, up to 10 cartridges per month. You can recycle additional cartridges, but Recycling Rewards will only be issued on the monthly limit. Recycling Rewards will be granted when you make qualifying Office Depot® purchases and will not exceed the amount of your total qualifying Office Depot purchases made within a Reward Period. (Qualifying purchases exclude taxes; delivery fees; postage stamps; prepaid gift, debit, phone or service cards; and purchases made with Office Depot Rewards and Merchandise Cards/Certificates.) We reserve the right to decline acceptance of visibly damaged cartridges for recycling. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your Recycling Rewards to post to your account after qualifying purchases are made. Recycling Rewards will be issued with your Rewards Certificate when you earn $10 or more in Rewards. Subject to Program Terms and Conditions

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    Office Max
    Earn a $2 MaxPerks reward for each qualifying† visibly undamaged, originally manufactured, ink or toner cartridges of any brand by bringing them to any OfficeMax retail store location – up to 10 ink/toner cartridges ($20 in rewards) per calendar month per member

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    Anyone have anything to add to these?

    How about ink cartridge buyers through the mail? I know we have had some posted before, but some of those have changed their policies as well. I would like to get these all together in one thread that we can keep up with policy changes.
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    Just turned some cartridges in and noticed the new agreement on my staples receipt. I think that I will still turn them in. I need to buy ink for my printer anyways.

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    Thanks for posting the new rules. I will continue recycling with staples. That is where I buy my ink, and I definitely spend more than $30 every 4 months.

    Side notes about ink...1...printers have multiple ink colors, so I buy them together as a package. But now I have an excess of one color. 2...why are there so many different ink cartridges? Can't they consolidate like cell phone chargers did a few years back?
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    My local Office Max is trying a pilot program they may push out. When you bring in cartridges and toner, you get $1.00 each up to 20 cartridges per month. Your rebate is instant off you purchase that day.
    No waiting but half the value of the old rule.

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    office depot and office max are merging so prepare for another policy change

    OfficeMax-Office Depot Merger: The Evolution of a Brick & Mortar Business - CoStar Group

    shouldve bought staples stock a few months back
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