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RONA launches used paint recovery program

Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA, the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, announced the launch of a used paint recovery program across its stores in Ontario. The program, which will kick off July 1, is the first to recover paint in Ontario as part of the new Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan.

The MHSW program is being implemented by Stewardship Ontario, an industry organization that developed the plan in conjunction with Waste Diversion Ontario, an organization set up by the provincial government to oversee waste diversion programs in Ontario.

“This new program for municipal hazardous or special waste, often called 'household hazardous waste,' will help ensure that consumer products such as leftover paints and solvents are collected so they can be reused and recycled,” said Glenda Gies, executive director of Waste Diversion Ontario. “RONA is playing an important role by accepting leftover paint at their Ontario retail locations.”

From collection points at RONA stores across Ontario, the old paint and containers will be sent to the RONA distribution centre in Boucherville, Quebec, and then to Peintures rZcupZrZes du QuZbec. About 80 percent of the old paint will be reconditioned and put back on the market. Leftover latex and alkyd paint, stain and varnish will all be accepted in the recovery and recycling program.

RONA operates a network of more than 680 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. The RONA store network generates over $6.3 billion in annual retail sales.

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