Best Buy Canada Ltd.

Best Buy Canada Ltd.

April 22, 2009 09:01 ET

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

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) -

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT DESKS AND PHOTO EDITORS

Each year Canadians dump more than 144,000 tonnes of e-waste into our landfills - the equivalent of approximately 12,000 empty city buses! In anticipation of Earth Week 2009, Best Buy is challenging three Vancouver area schools (with the support of 16 other partner schools) to round up unneeded electronics and help Best Buy "Tech it Away!"

"Tech it Away" is a Best Buy-driven recycling program that empowers students to host e-waste drives that educate the community on how to properly dispose of their unwanted electronic devices. These schools will encourage the community to bring them as many unneeded electronic products as possible and Best Buy will award thousands of dollars in grants to 19 participating schools in recognition of their environmental efforts. In addition, the school that collects the most electronics for recycling will receive $2,000 to fund a student-led eco-conscious school project.

"Tech-it-Away" Details

- Students from Lord Byng, King George and Sir Winston Churchill secondary schools will host these events at their schools on Earth Day, April 22 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

- A variety of electronics will be accepted including: TVs, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Cell Phones, Batteries, and more (full list available at www.BestBuy.ca/EarthDayVancouver).

Interview/Photograph Opportunities

On this day, we can arrange the following for you:

- The opportunity to watch as students and community members pile up their unwanted computers, monitors, TV's and other used electronics in support of Earth Day 2009.

- Interviews with students who are building environmental awareness within their community and helping our environment by recycling used electronics.

- 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.

- An interview with a Best Buy spokesperson who can talk about the "Tech it Away" program.

Full program details including a list of acceptable items and school addresses is available at www.BestBuy.ca/EarthDayVancouver.

If you would like to arrange an interview at one of the participating schools on April 22, we encourage you to RSVP in advance to: ehochstein@national.ca or please call: 604-638-7452.

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.

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