Sears Canada Helps Canadians Dispose of Electronics Responsibly



    
    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.
    

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - 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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For further information: Contact for Media: Maria Ganogiannis, Sears
Canada Inc., (416) 941-4427, maria.ganogiannis@sears.ca


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