Old or unused paint can now be disposed off properly at RONA stores all around Western Canada.
RONA Incorporated launched recently its in-store paint recovery program in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Consumers can now drop off any cans of old or unused paint at any RONA or TOTEM Building Supplies stores free of charge.
RONA pioneered paint recovery with the introduction of its recovery and recycling program 14 years ago in Quebec, followed by Ontario in 2010. Since inception, the company has prevented more than 15 million kilograms of leftover paint and paint cans from ending up in landfills. From this, nearly 100 percent of the recovered paint has been recycled, producing 9.3 million kilograms of paint – equivalent to 4.9 million gallons.
“At RONA, our goal is to help Canadians adopt eco-friendly habits and responsible consumption,” says RONA Vice-President for Western Canada Luc Rodier. “We believe the correlation of green consumer habits is closely tied to availability and convenience and know from experience that it is easy for customers to remember to bring their unused paint to our stores when shopping for hardware and home renovation products.”
The introduction of the program in the three western provinces contributes to paint recovery and recycling efforts in Canada and will result in a total of nearly 500 RONA paint collection points across the country. In-store promotions will continue to remind RONA and TOTEM Building Supplies customers to help keep unused paint out of landfills and waterways by participating in the recovery program.
All types of home paint – latex, alkyd and stains – are accepted under RONA’s recovery and recycling program. The program does not include plastic paint, car paint, industrial paint, aluminum paint, road sign paint, granular dye, surface conditioners, varnish, solvents, tar, adhesives or preservative. A detailed list of the specific products that are accepted is available at ronaeco.ca.
RONA participates in paint recovery and recycling in partnership with not-for-profit organizations, including the Product Care Association which manages product stewardship programs for household hazardous and special waste on behalf of its members across Canada.
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