May 30, 2008 09:00 ET

RONA Providing Canada-Wide Safe Collection of Used Compact Fluorescents Light Bulbs

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 30, 2008) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, has announced a new Canada-wide collection program for compact fluorescent light bulbs. Canadians will now be able to take their used compact fluorescents to participating RONA stores - including the Reno-Depot, Totem and Chester Dawe banners - where the bulbs will be collected for safe recovery.

"At RONA, we want to work with consumers and help people adopt ecologically responsible practices. Providing a safe disposal method for compact fluorescent bulbs lets us meet consumer needs, with people increasingly choosing compact fluorescents," said Pierre Dandoy, RONA's Executive Vice President, Big-box stores. "At RONA, sustainable development goes on every day," added Claude Bernier, Executive Vice President, Proximity and specialized stores. "We're constantly looking for new ways to encourage responsible consumption."

Buying a compact fluorescent bulb represents savings in money and energy. Compact fluorescents use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have a useful life that's up to 10 times longer than the average lifespan of incandescents. On the other hand, it's important to follow certain safety rules when disposing of compact fluorescents because they contain small quantities of mercury, a heavy metal potentially damaging to the environment. The RONA collection program allows safe handling of the bulbs and the toxic substance they contain, providing protection for consumers and store employees alike.

When consumers bring a compact fluorescent bulb to a RONA retailer, they will take a plastic bag provided for this purpose, and slip the bulb into the bag to prevent mercury contamination if the bulb happens to break. They will then place the bag in the box provided. The used bulbs will be transported in safe containers and taken to a recycling facility. Once the bulbs are recovered and the materials they contain are extracted through a mechanical and chemical process the mercury is reused in various forms.

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. At a time when most citizens had yet to see the environment as a major concern, RONA took part in establishing a Quebec-wide used-paint recovery and recycling program - an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to landfills or incineration. Recently, the company 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.

About RONA

RONA 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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