"Do What You Can" at The Home Depot where You Can Do It. We Can Help.(TM)



    - New In-Store Battery and Paint Recycling Starts Today -

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - The Home Depot Canada, in partnership
with Stewardship Ontario, today announced the launch of two new Ontario-wide
in-store recycling programs as part of "Do What You Can". Starting today,
residents of Ontario can now bring their old non-rechargeable batteries and
paint into any of The Home Depot's 85 locations across the province to have
them responsibly recycled through Stewardship Ontario.
    As old paint and batteries should never be disposed of in regular
household waste, The Home Depot's new recycling programs make it easy for
consumers to properly dispose of these products. To recycle old
non-rechargeable batteries, consumers can simply bring them in to any Ontario
The Home Depot store where they will find a battery recycling unit located at
the front entrance. All reusable material in the expired batteries will be
recycled, with the remaining components to be disposed of in an
environmentally responsible manner.
    Consumers wishing to recycle old paint can bring in the unused portion in
a clearly labeled container to the Returns Desk at any The Home Depot location
in Ontario. The recycled paint will be used to create a new line of
environmentally preferred paint products. Eligible residential products
include latex, alkyd, enamel, metal and rust paint; stains; urethane;
polyurethane; varnish; and wood and concrete sealers.
    "Today marks another great step in The Home Depot's history of
environmental leadership," said Jeff Kinnaird, Regional Vice President of
Operations, The Home Depot Canada. "Our customers look to us for environmental
solutions, whether it's for our over 1,500 Eco Options products, CFL recycling
or education on natural alternatives for lawn and garden care. We are pleased
to continue to bring new programs to our customers to make it easy for them to
make better choices around their homes that can have a significant and
positive affect on the environment."
    This initiative is just one part of The Home Depot's overall commitment
to the environment. As a leader in the industry, The Home Depot has launched a
number of new programs to help Canadians make better choices for the
environment while improving their homes, including:

    
    -   The Home Depot provides Canadians with the largest selection of
        environmentally preferred products under one roof through its
        Eco Options program. Over 1,500 Eco Options products are now
        available.

    -   In 2008, The Home Depot became the first home improvement retailer to
        voluntarily stop selling traditional chemical pesticides across
        Canada, while focusing on natural alternatives for healthy lawns and
        gardens.

    -   In 2007, The Home Depot was the first retailer in Canada to announce
        a voluntarily phase-out of inefficient incandescent bulbs from its
        stores by 2011, one year ahead of the Government of Canada's ban.
        Today, The Home Depot has the widest selection of compact fluorescent
        light (CFL) bulbs in the retail industry.

    -   In 2007, The Home Depot launched Canada's first national in-store CFL
        recycling program to help customers make environmentally responsible
        choices from purchase to disposal.

    -   In 2006, The Home Depot launched the industry's first consumer
        lifestyle magazine focusing on better choices for the home and the
        environment.

    -   In 1999, The Home Depot issued its Wood Purchasing Policy to help
        protect engendered forests by giving preference to wood that comes
        from responsibly managed forests and by eliminating wood purchases
        from endangered regions of the world.

    -   The Home Depot brings Canadians some of the country's largest
        consumer-focused programs encouraging the use of environmentally
        preferred products, including:

        -  Mow Down Pollution: Canada's largest lawnmower and trimmer
           recycling program in partnership with the Clean Air Foundation.
           Since 2001, The Home Depot has helped to permanently retire over
           26,888 high-polluting lawnmowers and trimmers, reducing 748 tonnes
           of greenhouse gas and smog forming emissions.

        -  Keep Cool: Canada's largest room air conditioner (RAC) recycling
           program in partnership with the Clean Air Foundation. Since 2002,
           more than 37,466 inefficient RACs have been permanently retired,
           reducing 27,697 tonnes of greenhouse gas and smog forming
           emissions.

        -  SLED: Canada's only national holiday light exchange program
           encouraging the switch to energy-efficient LEDs. Since 2005, over
           300,576 light strings have been recycled.

    The Home Depot has also made the environment a core part of its business
operations, including:

    -   Retrofitting stores with T5 fluorescent light fixtures to save over
        180,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by
        128 metric tonnes a year per store

    -   Replacing light displays with low wattage bulbs to reduce 145 tonnes
        of greenhouse gas emissions to-date

    -   Replacing 50 per cent of store neon building signs with energy
        efficient LEDs

    -   Automatically turning off lighting displays and half of the store
        ceiling lights when temperatures rise above 30 degrees C in
        municipalities to save 90 kWh per store every hour when in effect

    -   Building three LEED(R)-Certified stores, which save on average
        157,680 kWh of energy annually, based on a 12 hour workday

    About The Home Depot
    --------------------
    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer, currently operating 2,274 stores, including
176 The Home Depot stores across Canada. In fiscal 2007, The Home Depot had
sales of $77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $4.2
billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 people, including more than
30,000 Canadians.
    




For further information:

For further information: Tiziana Baccega, Manager, Public Relations &
External Affairs, The Home Depot Canada, (416) 412-6570,
tiziana_baccega@homedepot.com

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