SOURCE: APC

July 07, 2008 10:00 ET

APC and Staples Make Doing Something Good for the Environment a Little Easier

New Program Helps Customers Recycle Unwanted UPS Systems at Staples Stores Nationwide

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - APC, the Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric, today announced it has teamed up with Staples to introduce a new way for customers to conveniently recycle aging uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. This national program is another step in APC's effort to reduce the environmental impact by providing a safe and easy way to responsibly dispose of unwanted units through the technology recycling program at Staples stores.

"It is critical that we all do our part as consumers to conserve resources through reducing waste and recycling," said Dave Johnson, senior vice president, Home & Business Networks, APC. "APC and Staples are teaming up to make it even easier for customers to properly dispose of unwanted UPS systems by allowing customers to drop off units that are out of warranty at Staples' service desks throughout the United States."

The Staples technology recycling program helps customers securely and responsibly recycle e-waste. Starting this month, customers can bring UPS systems (3000 VA and under) at the end of their useful life to any Staples US store, regardless of where they were purchased, and drop them off at the customer service desk. A recycling fee of $10 per piece is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling.

"Through this relationship with APC, we are able to expand our in-store recycling program to accept not only ink and office technology, but UPS systems," said Scott Rankin, vice president of merchandising, Staples. "By offering a robust and convenient in-store recycling solution, we are making it easy for our customers to make a difference for the environment, what we call EcoEasy."

To kick off this addition to the recycling program, APC and Staples are launching the "Trade In, Trade Up" promotion. When a customer brings any UPS system (3000 VA and under), regardless of manufacturer, into Staples for recycling from July 27 through August 31, 2008, APC and Staples will waive the $10 recycling fee and give the customer an instant $20 rebate towards the purchase of a new APC Back-UPS®, $99.99 and above, from Staples.

For more information on the other products and services Staples offers to make it easy for customers to protect the environment visit www.staples.com. For more information about APC and its other innovative power protection solutions, please call 800-877-4080, or visit APC's Web site at www.apc.com.

About APC

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2007 revenue of $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture, the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 120,000 employees and operations in 102 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit www.apc.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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