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<< Ontarians can drop off their Waste Electronic Equipment at Select Sears Stores in Ontario during Recycling Event April 25, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. >>
As Earth Week celebrations are underway, Sears Canada announced that it is joining forces with the Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES) Council as part of the OES's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Plan to help divert an additional 160,000 tonnes of electronic waste, like televisions and computers, from landfills into reuse and recycling solutions over the next 5 years.
"Sears has a long and rich history of giving back to the communities we serve," said Dene Rogers, President and CEO, Sears Canada Inc. "Sears has recycled the electronics it uses since 2006 with Ontario's most respected recycling facilities. This has meant that more than 726,000 pounds of electronics have been recycled instead of being sent to landfills, and has created local jobs. We are now pleased to extend the offer of recycling electronics to our customers. This is part of our ongoing progress which demonstrates our commitment to sustainability."
On Saturday, April 25, fourteen Sears stores in Eastern Ontario, from Pickering to Ottawa, will be participating in Phase 1 of this OES initiative, collecting the following items in their parking lots from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during their "Electronics Take-Back Day" event:
<< - Computers - desktop and laptop - Computer peripherals, such as mice, keyboards, disk drives - Monitors - Printer devised (desktop) - Fax machines - Televisions >>
Special guests will be attending the events at two Sears collection sites on April 25: Environment Minister, John Gerretson will be participating in the Kingston collection event at the Sears store located at the Cataraqui Town Centre, at 10:30 a.m.; and Agricultural Minister, Leona Dombrowsky, will be on hand at the Belleville event as will OES Executive Director, Carol Hochu, at the Sears store in the Quinte Mall, at 11:30 a.m.
"In this age of increasing electronic technology, too many of us-consumers and businesses-find ourselves at a loss when it comes to dealing with unwanted waste electronics. Our basements and spare offices are often full of old televisions and computers," said Carol Hochu, OES executive director. "This is a chance for Ontarians to recycle that old equipment and by choosing an OES certified collection location, they can be assured the materials will be recycled in a responsible manner."
There is no charge to drop off the waste electronics to the Sears store, and Sears is rewarding those who "take back" by giving participants a coupon towards the purchase of a new LCD TV. The "Electronics Take-Back" event coupon is made even more valuable as the Sears Days event is also happening simultaneously and features great sale prices on an assortment of LCD TVs on which the coupon could be used.
Sears participation in this OES program is part of the company's larger commitments to a creating a culture of sustainability with employees, customers and broader communities. As Sears continues to set ambitious goals on environmental issues, the Company is pleased to offer better choices of energy efficient, green products. Building on Natural Resources Canada awarding Sears the ecoENERGY 2007 Building Award and the 2008 ENERGY STAR (R) retailer of the year, the Company aims to recycle 90% of its waste and further reduce its energy use by 20% within 5 years. These are part of larger commitments to making it easy for customers to be green.
For more information on the OES and the WEEE program, visit www.dowhatyoucan.ca. The following is the complete list of Sears locations collecting electronics waste on April 25:
<< Ottawa SEARS, 1250 boulevard Saint-Laurent Blvd., Saint Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa, ON - P(613) 746-4311 SEARS, 2165 Carling Ave., Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Ottawa, ON - P(613) 729-2561 SEARS Home, Pinecrest Shopping Centre, 2685 Iris St., Ottawa, ON - P(613) 820-5551 SEARS Home, 1491 Innes Rd., Ottawa, ON - P(613) 741-8383 Cornwall SEARS, 1 Water St. E., Cornwall Square, Cornwall, ON - P(613) 938-9305 Brockville SEARS, 2399 Parkdale Ave., 1000 Islands Mall, Brockville, ON - P(613) 345-1163 Kingston SEARS, 945 Gardiners Road, Cataraqui Town Centre, Kingston, ON, P(613) 384-4447 SEARS, 646 Gardiner's Road, Unit No.1, Kingston, ON, P(613) 634-9203 Peterborough SEARS, 637 Lansdowne St. W., Lansdowne Place, Peterborough, ON - P(705) 743-6611 Belleville SEARS, 390 North Front Street, Quinte Mall, Belleville, ON, P(613) 966-3661 Oshawa SEARS, 419 King St. W., Oshawa Shopping Centre, Oshawa, ON - P(905) 576-1711 SEARS Appliances & Mattresses Store, 1177 Ritson Rd. N., Unit No.6, Oshawa, ON - P(905-429-2330) Whitby SEARS Home, 1629 Victoria St., Whitby, ON - P(905) 579-4048 Pickering SEARS, 1355 Kingston Rd., Pickering Town Centre, Pickering, ON - P(905) 420-8000 >>
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 198 corporate stores, 190 dealer stores, 43 home improvement showrooms, over 1,850 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 106 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
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Contact for Media: Maria Ganogiannis, Sears Canada Inc., (416) 941-4427, email@example.com