Is it possible to recycle a vinyl binder? Now it is!

UPDATE:

We just found out this program is now closed (8/13/15 is when we heard). This means there is no place to recycle vinyl binders in the United States that we can find. Sorry.

no more vinyl binder recycling

It seems it is now possible to recycle your Vinyl Binders.

In recent weeks, we have been informed that Staples has stepped up it’s trade in a 3 ring binder program. They work with Terracycle to recycle even vinyl binders.  We contacted Terracycle to see what happened to the vinyl, and while they wouldn’t say exactly, they insisted that none of the products they collect go to landfill. If that is true (and we hope it is!) this is the place to bring your vinyl binders!

From the Terracycle site:

Binder Recycling Program at STAPLES®

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Staples, the Office Superstore, is now operating an everyday program to collect binders in their stores nationwide! You can make your back-to-school shopping eco-friendly by bringing your empty, used binders to a Staples store near you. When you bring your empty binder(s) to the checkout counter, you will be given a $2 credit toward the new binder you want to purchase*.In 2012, Staples launched the first retail-based collection program for binders. Today, that collection program is an everyday offering. Operated in conjunction with Avery®, the goal of the program is to help the environment while incentivizing shoppers to recycle.

To participate, all you have to do is bring in your old (and empty) binder to any Staples location – there is a link to a Store Locator below, so that you may locate the store nearest you. When you turn in your binder(s) at the check-out counter, you should bring the binder(s) that you want to purchase with you. For each binder you turn in, you will receive a $2 credit toward your new binder purchases*. By bringing your old binders to Staples stores, you are helping to keep these binders out of the garbage, and ultimately out of landfills. Every binder that we collect through this program will be recycled and used in the creation of new products.

*Note: This is a one-for-one program (one $2 binder recycle credit for each binder purchased) and there is no cash back. The value of the recycling credit cannot exceed the purchase price of the binder being bought. The program is for same-day purchases at the time of the transaction and will not be honored for future purchased. This program also does not apply to the purchase of any Simply brand binders.

Whether you have one or hundreds of vinyl binders you are trying to recycle, bring them to Staples. We are not going to recommend that you buy more vinyl binders – they are still toxic to make and use even if someone is recycling them, but getting your vinyl recycled at least keeps it out of landfill for a bit longer.

4 thoughts on “Is it possible to recycle a vinyl binder? Now it is!

    • Hi Skye,
      The Staples program seems to have been discontinued all across the country. We will make sure all of our pages are updated. That does mean there is NO program that will recycle vinyl binders anymore. Sadly.

  1. unfortunately it doesn’t seem that Staples is doing this anymore. I recently took my binders to a store here in Noblesville, IN and they refused them and said they aren’t participating in this anymore. That was a wasted trip. And, I was going to buy school supplies from them. I decided to go elsewhere.

    • Chris,
      The Staples program seems to have been discontinued all across the country. We will make sure all of our pages are updated. That does mean there is NO program that will recycle vinyl binders anymore. Sadly.

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