Bureau en Gros stores in Quebec collect electronic waste equivalent to the
population of Montreal

Retailer collects one kilogram of e-waste for every person in Montreal

LAVAL, QC, June 7 /CNW/ - Bureau en Gros stores in the province of Quebec have collected and recycled 2,050 metric tonnes of electronic waste. That is the equivalent of one kilogram of waste for every person in Montreal. Sixty-six Bureau en Gros stores are an electronic waste depot. Bureau en Gros is partnered with the Centres de formation en entreprise et récupération (CFER), as part of Mission Zero. The program donates computers and other used electronic equipment to schools and community programs helping to train and educate young adults.

"This program not only helps the environment, but our education system as well. It gives young adults an opportunity to learn skills they may not have otherwise been exposed to," said Rudel Caron, Directeur, Ventes et exploitations, Québec. The program was launched in September of 2007 and since then, Bureau en Gros has collected over 2,050,000 KGs of WEEE material to date.

Not only does the retailer recycle electronic goods, but they also collect and recycle used ink/toner cartridges as part of their Recycle For Education program, which donates funds back to participating schools.

Bureau en Gros collects old electronics year-round at selected stores. To find the store closest to you, please visit www.bureauengros.com/environnement.

Moving Day in Quebec is fast approaching and Bureau en Gros wants your old electronics, drop off your electronics for proper recycling and pick up all your other moving needs, such as: tape, markers, boxes and bubble wrap at any Bureau en Gros store.

About STAPLES Canada

Founded in Toronto in 1991, STAPLES Canada Inc. is Canada's largest everyday low price supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business services for the small business and home office customer. The chain operates stores in all Canadian provinces under the banners STAPLES(R) and Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros number one among Canada's top 100 companies surveyed. The company employs over 13,500 associates serving customers through more than 300 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three convenient ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at www.staples.ca.

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Genevieve Lazure, Coordinator, French Language, (450) 680-4240; Rachel Swiednicki, Public Relations Specialist, Staples Canada, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2714, Rachel.swiednicki@staples.ca

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