Lowe’s Canada recognized for battery recycling

A Call2Recycle drop-off box.

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec – Lowe’s Canada has been named a 2018 Leader in Sustainability by Call2Recycle Canada, Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling program.

The annual Leader in Sustainability Awards recognize organizations for their environmental commitment and collection of the highest volume of used batteries in 2018 through Call2Recycle. Lowe’s Canada’s corporate and affiliated dealer network across Canada collected over 100,000 kilograms of batteries, contributing to the diversion of 2.7 million kg of batteries from Canadian landfills through the Call2Recycle program last year.

“Lowe’s Canada’s family of banners has collected 755,000 kg of batteries since 2001, and this is our seventh year receiving Call2Recycle’s Leader in Sustainability Award. These achievements prove that every effort, big or small, can help build a more sustainable future,” said Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux, senior vice-president, communications, public affairs and compliance at Lowe’s Canada.

“Reducing the impact of our operations on the environment is an important way in which we wish to exercise our leadership and have a positive effect on the communities we serve. That given, we proudly accept this award on behalf of all our employees and customers who support battery collection and similar efforts across Canada.”

“Lowe’s Canada’s active participation in the Call2Recycle used battery collection program is a great example of their commitment and work to encourage and promote sustainability,” said Joe Zenobio,president of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.

“We’re proud to recognize Lowe’s Canada as a leader in sustainability and congratulate them for their battery recycling contributions.”

In addition to recovering batteries, RONA, Reno-Depot and Lowe’s stores also make recovery programs for fluorescent light bulbs and paint available to customers. In 2017 and 2018, Lowe’s Canada was the retailer recovering the largest quantity of paint in Canada. In 2018 alone, 3,061 tons of paint were recycled throughout its network.

At a corporate level, Lowe’s Canada also recycles wood, building materials, plastics, cardboard, as well as drywall, Styrofoam and other waste resulting from its operations.