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The Home Depot Canada Launches National CFL Bulb Recycling Initiative

As more and more Canadians grow environmentally aware, they are searching for ways to make small changes in their daily lives, including adopting energy efficient solutions as a brighter idea for their homes. The next step in this process begins today as The Home Depot(R) Canada announced a national in-store compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 160 The Home Depot locations, helping customers make environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal. This free service is the first such offering so widely available in Canada, and by November 22, Canadians will be able to bring in their expired CFLs to any The Home Depot store, assured that each bulb will be recycled safely. The program is supported by Philips Lighting and Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers Inc.

"The CFL recycling program is another example of how The Home Depot is encouraging customers to make energy efficient changes in their homes," said Annette Verschuren, President, The Home Depot Canada and Asia. "With stores located in every province, this program is the first national solution to providing Canadians with a convenient way to recycle CFLs."

At each The Home Depot store, customers will find a CFL recycling unit located at the entrance by the special services desk. Customers can simply bring in their expired CFLs, place them in one of the plastic bags provided, seal the bag and deposit it into the display. Each store monitors the unit and once full, sends the expired CFLs to be responsibly recycled by Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers Inc., in Ayr, Ontario.

"Consumers face a barrier in making better environmental decisions, such as what to do with their expired CFLs," said Michael Gentile, Vice President and General Manager, Philips Lighting. "Having CFL recycling units located in so many stores across Canada will allow customers to feel completely confident in purchasing and using CFLs in their homes."

Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an easy change customers can make to reduce energy use at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. As the largest retailer of light bulbs in the country, The Home Depot is on track to sell seven million CFLs in 2007, which will provide Canadians approximately $315 million in energy savings and save 755,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases over the life of the bulbs.

The implementation of a national CFL recycling program follows The Home Depot's April 2007 announcement to phase out the sale of inefficient bulbs by 2011, one year in advance of the federal government ban. The Home Depot has also implemented many other efficient lighting initiatives, including:
  • 2004 - Incandescent holiday lights are no longer sold at The Home Depot. Only seasonal LEDs are offered for purchase.
  • 2005 - The Bright Ideas campaign is launched in Toronto, including CFL giveaways and a seasonal LED and torchiere exchange. More than 5 million bulbs are distributed.
  • 2006 - T5 lighting retrofits begin in The Home Depot stores to reduce energy consumption. 20,500 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases eliminated to date.
  • 2006 - The first The Home Depot store is Leed-certified.
  • 2006 - The first issue of Eco Options Magazine is published, including information and tips on energy efficient lighting.
  • 2007 - Plans are announced to phase out the sale of inefficient light bulbs in all The Home Depot Canada stores by 2011.

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