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ink/toner cartridge recycling primer/faq for Office Depot / OfficeMax and Staples (vers. 2016.05.20)

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Last Edited by bpvh May 20, 2016 at 12:39 PM
So, the below is what I have worked up so far. This is a work in progress and now I am looking for corrections/input/suggestions.

For example, what other information is wanted or what information included below is not wanted.


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ink/toner cartridge recycling primer/faq for Office Depot / OfficeMax and Staples (vers. 2016.05.20)

  • Office Depot / OfficeMax:
    • Recycle:
      • Value: Up to 200 rewards points per cartridge recycled -- see purchase requirement below.
      • Limit: 10 per calendar month - no per day restriction.
      • Type: Ink or toner cartridge -- all brands -- OD/OM does not accept damaged cartridges for recycling.
    • Purchase requirement:
      • To qualify to recycle for a month, qualified purchases of $10 or more must be made in that month.
      • Qualifying purchases exclude taxes; delivery fees; postage stamps; gift and prepaid cards; and purchases made with Office Depot or OfficeMax Rewards and Merchandise Cards/Certificates.
    • Recycling Rewards:
      • Issued:
        • Recycling rewards points are paid out monthly together with purchase (standard and bonus) rewards points in the form of a Rewards Certificate.
        • Rewards points are paid out in 1000 point increments.
        • 1000 points equals $10.
        • Rewards Certificates are made available within 30 days after the end of the month in which the rewards points are earned. To date this has meant sometime in the latter half of the month.
        • Unpaid out points carryover from month to month until the end of the quarter when they expire.
      • Usage: Rewards certificates may be redeemed on purchases (excluding all gift and prepaid cards) at Office Depot or OfficeMax US stores (including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), online or by phone.
      • Expiration:
        • Official: 60 days after the date of issuance.
        • Effective: The last day of the month 2 months following the month in which they are issued at 11:59 PM Eastern (daylight savings observed).
    • Member services:

  • Staples:
    • Recycle:
      • Value: $2 in rewards per cartridge recycled -- see purchase requirement below.
      • Limit: Membership Level:
        • Standard: 10 per calendar month - no per day restriction.
        • Plus ($500 in qualified purchases): 20 per calendar month - no per day restriction.
        • Premier ($1000 in qualified purchases): 20 per calendar month - no per day restriction.
      • Type: Any used ink or toner cartridge sold at any retail stores in the US.
    • Purchase requirement
      • $30 in ink/toner purchases in the past 180 days.
    • Recycling rewards:
      • Issued: Monthly, on a separate rewards certificate from purchase rewards, usually in the middle of the month after the month in which the recycling occurred. The rewards certificate is printable from the rewards site (ink rewards certificates can also be emailed or US Mailed).
      • Usage: Recycling rewards -- and purchase rewards -- are redeemable for most merchandise in Staples stores, online at staples.comĀ® or by phone at 1-800-333-3330 but cannot be redeemed for or applied against taxes, cash, credit remittance, delivery charges, custom printing orders placed online, promotional products, any purchases made on print.staples.com, documents.staples.com, staplespromotionalproducts.com, staplescustomprinting.btobsource.com, shopstaplesmobile.com, appcenter.staples.com, Staples gift cards, third-party gift cards, prepaid phone cards, postage stamps, prior purchases, Staples Industrialsm purchases or any purchases made on other provider Web sites.
        • Online: One transaction - must use full amount of reward check.
        • In-store: Two transactions - a balance coupon is issued in-store if rewards check is not used all at once. Balance coupon has same expiration date as rewards check and must be used all at once in-store or online.
      • Expiration: Rewards expire the last day of the month following the month of issuance, at the end of the day EST and cannot be redeemed after the expiration date. Expired, lost or misdirected Rewards will not be reissued.
    • Member services

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FAQ section (vers. 2016.05.20):


Q. Do you have to recycle or make a qualified purchase first? (OD/OM)

A. It does not matter.


Q. Do you have to recycle and make a qualified purchase monthly for Office Depot's Rewards program?

A. Three key points:

--- Qualified purchases of $10 or more in a month are required to allow recycling rewards points to be earned for that month.
--- Rewards points are paid out in 1000 point increments.
--- Unpaid out points carry over from month to month until the end of the quarter when they expire.

Here is an example:

January: Make qualified purchases of $10 or more and recycle 7 carts earning 1400 rewards points. Payout of $10 for January (made in February). The remaining 400 rewards points are carried over to February.

February: Do not make a qualified purchase of $10 or more so not qualified to earn recycling rewards points. 400 rewards points carried over to March.

March: Make qualified purchases of $10 or more and recycle 9 carts earning 1800 rewards points. Payout of $20 (2000 points: 400 carried over plus 1600 earned in March) (made in April). The remaining 200 rewards points expire at the end of quarter.


Q. Where can I get used ink/toner cartridges?

A. Family and friends, neighbors, thift shops, garage/rummage sales, and of course like everything else, eBay.


Q. If I purchase an item with rewards will that purchase count my purchase requirement for recycling?

A. No, to the extent the purchase was paid for with rewards it will not count as a qualifying purchase for the purpose of the recycling purchase requirement.


Q. If I purchase an item with rewards will I earn the standard purchase rewards?

A. No, items purchased with rewards do not qualify as qualifying purchases for the purpose of earning standard purchase rewards.


Q. If I purchase an item that earns a bonus/special reward (100% back in rewards if item X is purchased, $Y back if item Z is purchased) and I purchase that item with rewards, will I receive the bonus/special reward?

A. No, to the extend paid for with rewards (or coupons for that matter).


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Warning: Office Depot Worklife Rewards changing June 17

Office Depot Ink Recycling Policy: 20 cartridges per month as of 4/1/2010

Office Depot Ink Cartridge Recycling changing?

Office Max changes their ink recycling 05/10/09 (w/ additional policy changes 1/1/10)

Staples new ink recycling policy changes Starts July 1, 2010

Staples new ink recycling policy changes Starts Feb 1
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Last Edited by bb182 May 26, 2016 at 09:47 PM
To check how long it has been since you last purchased ink:
http://www.calendar-12.com/date_add_days (credit to E_W)

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So with OM can we just recycle monthly til December then make a qualified purchase to release a years worth of rewards?
Correct. Of course the OfficeMax Rewards program might not exist in December as it probably will be merged with the Office Depot Rewards program at sometime in 2014.
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Can I recycle inks at staple today and it will get credited for January? Completely forgot to recycle earlier, first time it has happened.
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Can I recycle inks at staple today and it will get credited for January? Completely forgot to recycle earlier, first time it has happened.
Yep. Its a calendar month.
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Thanks, repped.

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Yep. Its a calendar month.
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I don't entirely understand the mailing in for ink recycle and really the Staples rewards people don't seem entirely clear on it either. I shipped two boxes of 10 ink in each box since they tell you not to put more than 10 in a box. UPS tracking is showing they received it on their dock on Jan 15th. Shouldn't my staples rewards account be showing by now that I recycled the ink. I am not saying it should be available to use but should it show that it was received by now ?

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Yep. Its a calendar month.
I am assuming your taking them into the store and not mailing them in because I am not sure if they base it on when mailing label was generated or when they receive them at their ink recycling place in California.
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I'm new to Stapling and seem to have those concepts down.

What are the advantages of OD's recycle program? I'm not quite understanding the monthly $10 in "qualifying purchases" spend requirement. Will only ink, toner, paper and copy/print/ship services qualify? I read about Choice Member -- spend $200 in a quarter on almost everything.

When I browse through the weekly ads for OD, there don't to be many FAR items.
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I'm new to Stapling and seem to have those concepts down.

What are the advantages of OD's recycle program? I'm not quite understanding the monthly $10 in "qualifying purchases" spend requirement. Will only ink, toner, paper and copy/print/ship services qualify? I read about Choice Member -- spend $200 in a quarter on almost everything.

When I browse through the weekly ads for OD, there don't to be many FAR items.
As noted in the OP, qualifying purchases for recycling purposes for Office Depot:
Qualifying purchases exclude taxes; delivery fees; postage stamps; gift and prepaid cards; and purchases made with Office Depot Rewards and Merchandise Cards/Certificates.
A qualifying purchase of $10 or more in a month qualifies you to recycle for that month. 100% back in rewards items that meet the above definition are qualifying purchases and there have been 100% back in rewards offers in all but one -- or maybe two -- months since the program change last July.

Office Depot standard rewards are earned only on "ink and toner; case, ream and photo paper; copy, print and other products/services in-store at Copy & Print Depot (excludes thermal fax paper, paper rolls used in adding machines and cash registers, postage stamps and delivery orders of online purchases of photo products)."

"Choice" members receive 5% cashback on up to five self selected categories of items. "Choice" does not impact recycling at all.

There are far fewer FAR opportunities than there use to be especially for those whose local Office Depot stores do not accept competitor coupons.
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My wife is a teacher so we have a Staples Rewards Teacher account for her. For teachers, there is only a regular rewards account or Premier. There is no Plus account.

I want to be able to recycle 20 inks per month, but don't want to spend 1K to get back to premier. Anyone know if they can covert a teacher account back to a regular account so we can get to Plus (spend $500)?

Or do I just have to open a new staples account and ask them to deactivate the teacher account.
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Staples question............ I bought ink last on 9/3/13. So using EW's link, I show 3/1/14 as day 179. I recycled in February already. If I remember correctly, I can wait to buy ink sometime in March but BEFORE I recycle? Is that right?

Wondering if the 20% off makes it worth it to buy the ink now? I also have the ink discount card - would both stack?

TIA!
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Staples question............ I bought ink last on 9/3/13. So using EW's link, I show 3/1/14 as day 179. I recycled in February already. If I remember correctly, I can wait to buy ink sometime in March but BEFORE I recycle? Is that right?

Wondering if the 20% off makes it worth it to buy the ink now? I also have the ink discount card - would both stack?

TIA!
I am in the same boat, bought ink on 9/3/13.

Can i recycle ink on 3/1/14 for the month of March and wait to buy ink in April to start recycling for April?

Calling on the experts for their inputs:
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You can recycle only when they tell you you are Plus. Not a minute before. 2-4 weeks to be upgraded. Call rewards when rewards says you have the $500 spend on their site.
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As noted in the OP, qualifying purchases for recycling purposes for Office Depot
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I am in the same boat, bought ink on 9/3/13.

Can i recycle ink on 3/1/14 for the month of March and wait to buy ink in April to start recycling for April?

Calling on the experts for their inputs:
180 days. Use a calculator. Probably +/- 1 day to be absolutely safe.
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180 days. Use a calculator. Probably +/- 1 day to be absolutely safe.
Thanks for your reply. 3/1/14 is 180th day if i include 9/3/13. So i should be able to recycle but i am concerned if it is too close to risk losing. and better off instead buying and recycling.
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Thanks for your reply. 3/1/14 is 180th day if i include 9/3/13. So i should be able to recycle but i am concerned if it is too close to risk losing. and better off instead buying and recycling.
Theoretically you should be. there are reports 181 days has been fine too.
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Thanks for your reply. 3/1/14 is 180th day if i include 9/3/13. So i should be able to recycle but i am concerned if it is too close to risk losing. and better off instead buying and recycling.
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Theoretically you should be. there are reports 181 days has been fine too.
Just a follow up on that, recycled on day 181 (3/3) on an account and shows up in the details with $40 pending.
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Noob question: will Staples and/or Office Depot accept OfficeMax remanufactured toner cartridges for recycling and give rewards credit? My office orders toners from OM, most OM remanufactured, and our admin has just let the used ones pile up. We probably have 40+ that I would love to get something for. Thanks!
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