June 25, 2008 10:01 ET

RONA First Retailer to Recover Used Paint in Ontario

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is announcing the launch of a used paint recovery program across its stores in Ontario beginning July 1st. RONA, the leading paint retailer in Canada, is the first to recover paint in Ontario as part of the new Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan. Left unrecovered or disposed of improperly, old paint could pose a threat to the environment. By promoting the recovery of paint products, RONA is providing Ontario consumers with an economical and ecological alternative to burial in landfills or incineration.

The MHSW program is being implemented by Stewardship Ontario, an industry organization that developed the plan, in conjunction with Waste Diversion Ontario, an organization set up by the provincial government to oversee waste diversion programs in Ontario.

"This new program for municipal hazardous or special waste, often called 'household hazardous waste,' will help ensure that consumer products such as left over paints and solvents are collected so they can be reused and recycled," said Glenda Gies, Executive Director of Waste Diversion Ontario. "RONA is playing an important role by accepting leftover paint at their Ontario retail locations."

"RONA is a leader in the market when it comes to sustainable development, which we've been committed to for a long time. The best example of this commitment is how we participated in setting up Canada's first paint recovery and reconditioning program in Quebec, a program that is still today a benchmark for North America," said Michael Rushton, Vice President, Big-box stores, Ontario, at RONA. "We're very proud to continue this commitment in Ontario where we apply a life-cycle approach through which paint is recovered in our stores, reconditioned through the Eco-paint program and then offered back to consumers as recycled paint," added Doug Adlam, Vice President, Retail operations, Proximity stores, Ontario.

Recover, recondition, reuse

From collection points at RONA's stores across Ontario, the old paint and containers are then sent to the RONA distribution centre in Boucherville, Quebec. From there, the old paint is sent to Peintures recuperees du Quebec. About 80% of the old paint is reconditioned and put back on the market. Leftover latex and alkyd paint, stain and varnish are all accepted in the recovery and recycling program.

Sustainable development part of RONA's history

At RONA, sustainable development means growth for our communities and our employees, as well as respect for the environment. Two of our most significant initiatives, among the many already in place, are the "Growing with Our Athletes" program, through which RONA supports 100 Canadian athletes, and the RONA Foundation, established in 1998 to provide help for young people 12 to 30 years old by supporting local organizations and projects that fight the school dropout problem and illiteracy or offer training to help young people learn a trade or occupation.

Where the environment is concerned, adopting responsible practices in this field has always been a priority at RONA. Our employees are constantly thinking about new, innovative ways to save energy, preserve the environment and promote responsible consumption. Recently, the company unveiled its reusable shopping bag and released its first RONA ECO brand products, which are much more environmentally friendly than equivalent conventional items, thanks to a product development approach that's based on a life-cycle analysis and a rigorous assessment process. Earlier this month, RONA announced it is turning off 75% of all demonstrator lights on display in its in-store lighting departments, leaving only one item in four turned on full time. This new measure is intended to reduce in-store energy consumption.

About RONA

RONA inc. is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of over 680 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 27,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6.3 billion in annual retail sales. For more, please visit

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