OfficeMax has launched a program that reuses and recycles the boxes it uses for deliveries to business customers. The office supply company expects the initiative to reduce box consumption by 80 percent among participating businesses.
The program, Boomerang Box by OfficeMax, started this month in Seattle and will expand nationwide in the second half of 2012. Business participation in the program is free and voluntary.
Under the program, OfficeMax delivers businesses’ office supplies in reusable, stackable delivery boxes made from a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer content. Customers save and stack the boxes for pickup with the next order delivery. The cycle continues until the boxes can no longer be reused. Then OfficeMax will recycle the boxes.
OfficeMax has also received recertification to the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership for the fourth consecutive year. As a SmartWay Transport partner, OfficeMax has pledged to use vehicles and fuels that improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In an effort to reduce its own delivery consumption, last year Office Depot launched its GreenOffice Delivery Service, which delivers everyday office supplies in paper bags instead of cardboard boxes.
The company said it expected to replace 5 million boxes with 5 million bags, which weigh substantially less, resulting in using 3,000 tons less wood, cutting CO2 emissions by more than 7.7 million pounds and reducing solid waste by more than 1.3 million pounds.
In addition, Office Depot’s Recycling Rules program encourages schools to recycle e-waste by sending free recycling boxes to schools, and paying schools’ shipping costs when they send back boxes filled with empty cartridges and small electronics.