BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2012) - Best Buy Canada Ltd. -
-- Best Buy Canada's Tech it Away events collected more than 42,000 pounds
of e-waste - the equivalent weight of 23 smart cars
-- TV and computer monitors made up the majority of the e-waste collected
from Canadians this year
-- The Best Buy store in Northland Village in Calgary collected the most e-
waste at nearly 9,000 lbs
-- Best Buy stores in BC are joining those in Alberta and Ontario to expand
e-waste recycling in-store year-round through Return to Recycle
-- Best Buy was recognized as one of Canada's Top 50 Most Socially
Responsible Corporations on the 2012 Maclean's Sustainalytics list
Best Buy Canada teamed up with nine communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto to help collect and recycle electronic waste as part of the Tech it Away program this year. As a result of this one-day event, the stores collected more than 42,000 pounds of e-waste from local residents, with TV and computer monitors making up the majority of items returned.
Best Buy stores in BC are expanding the electronics recycling program year-round through the BC Return To Recycle Program. Customers are now able to bring in their electronic waste to any BC store at any time during the year for safe recycling. Stores in Alberta and Ontario already have this program in place and it will continue to grow and expand to all markets in Canada.
The results of this year's Tech it Away events come in just as Best Buy has been recognized as one of Canada's top 50 most socially responsible companies as part of the 2012 Maclean's Sustainalytics list. Best Buy was recognized for both Best Buy for Kids programs which help to support organizations that strive to empower youth by helping them succeed in school, engage in communities and develop life and leadership skills.
Here's a look at some of the e-waste that was collected for safe recycling at this year's event:
-- 27,000 lbs of computer and TV monitors
-- 11,000 lbs of printers and computing accessories
-- 1000 lbs of small appliances
-- 3000 lbs peripherals and accessories
About Best Buy 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. (BBY). We are Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products. With over 70 Best Buy stores across Canada, we offer a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. Every day our employees are committed to helping deliver technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For information about Best Buy Canada, visit www.BestBuy.ca.