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Recuperation and Recycling

As Canada’s leading hardware, renovation and gardening store, we feel we have a special responsibility towards the environment.

We strongly believe in disposing of products in an environmentally responsible way. As such, we have developed recycling programs that enable us to extend the lifecycle of our products and special procedures to ensure their safe and environmentally friendly disposal.

RECYCLING PROGRAMS

At RONA, recycling is important and we’re doing something about it. You can do your part too by participating in our different recycling programs.

Paints

Paint is good for your walls. But not for nature.

That’s why we pioneered Canada’s first paint recovery and recycling program in Quebec in 1997 and we’ve never looked back. RONA has been recovering used paint at its Quebec stores for over 10 years, and the program has now been extended to stores in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. And because we believe in this program, we are currently working on introducing this service in other provinces. With just under 15 million kilograms of leftover paint collected so far, we are proud to say that the program has been a huge success.

At any time during store hours, you can bring back your old cans of paint and any unused paint to participating RONA stores in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. We will take care to send them to a processor for their safe recycling and disposal. In Quebec and Ontario, after transformation, the leftover paints will become brand new paint that you will find back on the shelves under the RONA ECO brand.

In Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the paint is disposed of differently. Oil based paint is sent to licensed facilities for energy recovery. More than half of the latex paint collected is recycled back into paint and the rest is used in the manufacturing of specialty concrete or as raw material in the manufacturing of cement.
 

Quebec Province

Products that are accepted

  • Primers and paints (water-based, solvent-based, enamel and others)
  • Paints for metals and anti-corrosive paints
  • Aluminum paints
  • Melamine paints
  • Interior ans exterior stains
  • Wood finishes and masonry protectors
  • Varnishes
  • Shellacs
  • Pool paints
  • Marine paints without antifouling agent
  • Oil protective finishes
  • Aerosol paints and containers (general purpose, industrial, automobile, artist paint, lumber marking)
  • Empty cans

**All products must be returned in their original containers.

Products that are not accepted:

  • Primers and paints intended for industrial use (used by professionals, in manufacturing process, inside plants or paint workshops such as car dealers, bodyshops and garages except aerosol paints)
  • Traffic paints
  • Dryfall paints
  • Automotive paints (except aerosol paints)
  • Removers, thinners and diluents
  • Two-component paints and coatings
  • Artist paints (all types of paint used in art except aerosol paints)
  • Antifouling paints
  • Wood préservatives containing pesticides
  • Grouts, plasters, cement, patching compounds, plastic wood and cladding products (ex. : stucco)
  • Adhésives and glue
  • Roofing products
  • Founding coatings, crackfillers and asphalt-based and coal tar sealers
  • Cleaners and polishes (ex. : deck cleaner, lemon oil)
  • All products that is not in their original containers or without label
  • Paint in glass containers
ONTARIO PROVINCE

Products that are accepted:

  • Primers and paints (water-based, solvent-based, enamel and others)
  • Paint for metals and anti-corrosive paint
  • Aluminum paint
  • Stains
  • Varnishes
  • Lacquers
  • Preparation products for wood (preservatives), products for treating wood and products for treating masonry (including acrylic-based sealers for driveways)

**All products must be returned in their original containers.

Products that are not accepted:

  • Paints designed for artistic use
  • Aerosol paints
  • Antifouling coatings
  • Thinners and diluents
  • Adhesives
  • Tars and tar-based sealers
  • Stucco
  • Any other product that is not of the primer family
  • Primers and paints intended for industrial use:
    • Used in manufacturing processes or inside plants
    • Quick-drying and with one or two components, used in a manufacturing process, inside plants, or for painting vehicles inside plants or paint workshops (garages, body shops, car dealers, etc.)
    • Containing pesticides
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia

Products that are accepted

  • Paint (household/ architectural) Consumer latex, alkyd, enamel and oil based paints
  • Porch, floor and deck paints
  • Interior and exterior varnishes and urethanes
  • Primers, undercoats, block fillers and sealers
  • Marine enamels, excluding marine antifouling paints
  • Wood finishing oils, stains and shellac
  • Latex driveway sealer
  • Rust paint, decorative metal paints
  • Fence, barn and swimming pool paint
  • Empty paint cans

Aerosols

  • Paint aerosols of all types, including automotive and industrial products
  • Empty containers are accepted

Products that are not accepted:

  • Paint not in their original container (example: glass jars, unlabelled containers)
  • Traffic marking paints
  • Non-aerosol automotive paints
  • Paints labeled “Industrial use only” e.g. two-part paints, part A or B; reducers; catalysts; quick dry, fast dry; QD; rapid dry; baked on coatings; hardeners
  • Resins
  • Mixed oil based paint with latex
  • Lubricants, oils
  • Roof patch, tars and grease
  • Paint containing foreign objects
  • Leaking or compromised containers such as badly rusted cans
     
Attractive and affordable throughout Canada

RONA ECO paint is made in Canada from 90% recycled paint. It is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and generates only a quarter of the greenhouse gases normally produced by other paints during their entire life cycle. RONA ECO paint is also certified by EcoLogo, one of the largest and most respected eco-labelling programs in North America.

Available in an increasingly wide range of colours, the RONA ECO interior latex stands up to the competition, envying nothing to majors brands in terms of performance. It is easy to apply, has high hiding power and is easy to wash. What is more, it offers an outstanding quality-price ratio. And best of all, RONA ECO paints are available throughout the entire network of RONA stores across Canada.

Besides RONA ECO paint, RONA also offers a wide selection of eco-responsible paints and stains under various brands. Consumers can make an eco-responsible choice for every room in their home, while keeping in tune with today’s most exciting colour trends. All that because we believe that there is no need to compromise on the environment.


Compact fluorescent light bulbs

Buying a compact fluorescent light bulb represents savings of both money and energy. However, these light bulbs contain toxic substances that require their responsible disposal.

You can take your used compact fluorescents to participating RONA stores where the bulbs will be collected for safe recovery. 100% of the bulbs are recycled, right down to the mercury they contain, nothing goes to waste!
 

A long-lasting light bulb, with a specific disposal process

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have a useful life that is up to 10 times longer than the average lifespan of incandescent. On the other hand, it is 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 substances they contain, protecting the environment, consumers and store employees alike.
 

How do we dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs?

When consumers bring a compact fluorescent bulb to their local RONA store, we take a plastic bag specifically made for this purpose and slip the light bulb into the bag to prevent mercury contamination should it break. The used bulbs are then transported in safe containers 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 safely handled and can be reused in various forms.
This is a simple gesture that can greatly reduce the amounts of mercury that end up in our ecosystems.
 


Power tool accessories

Although power tools save you time, their use can pose a threat to the environment.

By implementing a recycling program for tool blades and power tool batteries we have taken concrete steps to reduce those negative impacts.
 

A clever solution

Throwing used tool blades away should never be an option. First, their sharp edges continue to be a potential source of harm even after the blades have been discarded. More importantly, metal blades are made of non-renewable resources. So for every brand new blade produced, metal has to be extracted from the ground and be processed into steel, which results in significant pressure on resources and causes large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Hence it is important that we do our utmost to use them to their fullest extent before discarding them.
 

Recycling made easy

When you take a used tool blade back to a RONA store, that blade is reconditioned to the highest quality standard and sold back as a RONA ECO tool blade. Those reconditioned tool blades can also be further recycled numerous times, as long as you bring them back to your RONA store. And when you bring a used RONA ECO tool blade back, you receive a credit applicable towards a new RONA ECO blade purchase. By bringing used tool blades and power tool accessories back to a RONA store, you are helping ease the pressure on our planet’s limited resources and reducing the impacts of climate change.
 


Batteries

Batteries are everywhere in our daily lives despite containing materials which could harm the environment if leaked.

They come in many shapes and forms and are an extremely handy and portable source of energy. It is thus all the more important that we dispose of them in a way that reduces their environmental impact.
 

Rechargeable come first

The first step towards greening your usage of batteries is to favour rechargeable batteries. The life cycle assessment method has proven that they have more than 10 times less impact on human health, ecosystem quality and resource use than their non-rechargeable counterparts(1).

The RONA way

However good they may be, batteries, even the rechargeable ones become unusable at some point. When that happens, all batteries should be disposed off appropriately, which means neither in your household waste nor in nature! RONA provides you with a safe and easy way to dispose of your old batteries. Whether they be your small household ones or larger power tool batteries, bring them back to your local RONA store where they will be properly handled and shipped to a special recycler. This way, the batteries will be dismantled and the hazardous material will be recycled to produce new batteries.

This is RONA’s way of looking at the big picture to reduce the environmental impact of batteries for good.


1. Parsons, David. « The environmental impact of disposable versus re-chargeable batteries for consumer use », in The international Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, vol. 12, nº 3, 2007.


Cell phones

Although cell phones help us save time, they can also be dangerous for the environment. Cell phones contain many hazardous materials, including mercury and lead, which if improperly disposed of can harm the environment, thus posing a potential threat to humans and wildlife.

By implementing a recycling program for cell phones, we have taken concrete steps to reduce these possible negative impacts and make it easy and convenient for anyone to recycle responsibly.

Cell phone recycling may still be in its infancy, but cell phones are part of the fastest growing waste stream world wide – eWaste! Users still hesitate to recycle their old cell phones as many just don’t know what to do with them, and some are worried about their personal data being retrieved. This is why it is important to know that cell phones collected at RONA for recycling and refurbishment are managed by Greentec-Think Recycle and stored in secure areas with video surveillance.

When processed, the devices take one of two paths:

  1. The first path is for reuse and refurbishment. Phones to be refurbished are inspected, tested and connected to Greentec data erasing stations. A software application that meets the Department of National Defense standards is then used to erase the data on the phone and on any accompanying storage device such as a memory card. A data erasure report is generated and kept on file. Phones are then inspected for identifying markers, such as asset tags, which are subsequently removed.
  2. The second path is for devices that are defective or do not qualify for refurbishment. These are sent through the destruction and recycling process where the device is broken down to its raw materials and metals such as copper and gold are recovered. Recovered materials are then sent to audit-approved downstream vendor-partners to be used to produce new goods.

Greentec is committed to continuous improvement in its environmental performance and ensures a zero landfill policy and a no export to developing countries policy for all recycled material.
 

 
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