"Tech it Away" with Best Buy Canada and Toronto Schools!

    Local students empowered to encourage community to bring unneeded
    electronic devices to schools for recycling

TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Each year Canadians dump more than 144,000 tonnes of e-waste into our landfills - the equivalent of approximately 12,000 empty city buses! Best Buy Canada is challenging five secondary schools in Toronto to round up unneeded or unwanted electronics from the community and help Best Buy "Tech it Away."

"Tech it Away" is a Best Buy recycling program that enables students to host e-waste drives that educate the community on how to properly dispose of their unwanted electronic devices. Participating schools will encourage the community to bring in as many unneeded electronic products as possible. Once the items have been collected and quantified, Best Buy will ensure that the items are responsibly recycled.

    "Tech it Away" Details

    -   Monarch Park CI, Thistletown CI, Etobicoke CI, William Lyon Mackenzie
        CI and Woburn CI will host these events at their schools on Tuesday,
        October 6, 2009 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. See below for addresses:
        -  Monarch Park CI
           1 Hanson Street, Toronto
           -  Please note: to speak with a Best Buy spokesperson or a
              student, we encourage you to stop by Monarch Park CI
    Other schools that are participating, but will not be offering interviews
        -  Thistletown CI
           20 Fordwich Crescent, Etobicoke
        -  Etobicoke CI
           86 Montgomery Road, Etobicoke
        -  William Lyon Mackenzie CI
           20 Tillplain Road, North York
        -  Woburn CI
           2222 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough

    -   A variety of electronics will be accepted including:
        -  Computers and laptops
        -  Monitors, cables and accessories
        -  Printers and fax machines
        -  TVs
        -  Cell phones and batteries
        -  VCRs and DVD Players

    Interview/Visual Opportunities

    -   Watch as students and community members receive unwanted computers,
        monitors, TVs and other used electronics to be recycled with the help
        of Best Buy volunteers from its GTA stores
    -   The opportunity to see the community rallying to support their local
        schools and do their part to dispose of unneeded electronics in an
        environmentally-friendly manner.

For additional information about the Tech it Away events, please visit http://www.BestBuy.ca/techitaway/

To arrange an interview or filming at one of the participating schools on October 6, 2009, you must RSVP in advance to: sjennings@national.ca or please call: 416-848-1709, as schools have strict policies regarding cameras and photography on school grounds.

About Best Buy Stores - Canada

Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY). Best Buy is Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer (www.BestBuy.ca) of consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products and also operates the Geek Squad (www.GeekSquad.ca), a technology service provider specializing in computer support and home theatre installation. There are over 50 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and their local communities and has a comprehensive community relations program described at www.BestBuy.ca/community. For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit www.BestBuy.ca

SOURCE Best Buy Canada

For further information: For further information: Sarah Jennings For Best Buy Canada, Tel: (416) 848-1709, sjennings@national.ca

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