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April 30, 2004
City of Toronto and Home Hardware team up to sell recycling containers
Toronto residents who want to purchase new City recycling containers now have
37 additional ways to do it-an improvement in service likely to save them time,
effort and frustration.

Home Hardware has signed a deal with the City, effective May 1, 2004, to be the
sole supplier of five official curbside recycling and organic collection
containers at its 37 city-based retail stores. Residents who previously wanted
to buy new containers had to visit one of the City's 11 depots, with their
often inconvenient locations and hours of operation, or wait for an Environment

"The City isn't in the retail business," says Angelos Bacopoulos, General
Manager of Solid Waste Management Services, "but Home Hardware certainly is.
That fundamental difference is what makes this deal so good for our residents.
People will be able to find a Home Hardware store close-by and ready to serve
customers at times that are better suited to busy schedules. It's a partnership
designed to make life-and recycling-a little easier for everyone. We are
pleased that Home Hardware has chosen to express its commitment to the
environment by carrying our containers, and we welcome it on board."

A Canadian company, Home Hardware has built its reputation on its commitment to
serving its many neighbourhoods with high-quality products and service.

"We have a long-established tradition of social responsibility," says Ray
Gabel, Vice President of Merchandise and Marketing-Hardlines. "Partnering with
the City of Toronto as a one-stop shop for our customers' recycling containers
is a unique role that allows us to integrate our social and environmental
beliefs with our core business operations. We are proud to be part of the
solution in terms of helping the City of Toronto meet its waste diversion

Residents will pay the same amount for each of the five official containers as
they have at City depots. The prices, inclusive of all taxes, are as follows:
- Blue box: $6
- Grey box: $6
- Yard waste bin: $7
- Green bin: $18 (sold only in Home Hardware stores in areas serviced by Green
Bin collection, which is currently Etobicoke and Scarborough)
- Green bin kitchen container: $5 (same as above)

Home Hardware is also the sole supplier of Yellow Bag bags and tags for the
commercial sector.

Residents can still purchase containers from the City's 11 depots and at
Environment Days. See for depot and Environment Day
locations and hours.

Home Hardware will not replace lost or broken containers or provide containers
to residents who have just moved to Toronto. Residents must continue to visit
one of the City's depots to obtain replacement or first-time bins.

More information is available at

Media contacts:

Geoff RathboneDirector, Policy and Planning, Works and Emergency Services,
Solid Waste Management Services Division, City Hall, 25th Floor, East Tower,
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2

Ray Gabel, Vice President, Merchandise and Marketing - Hardlines, Home Hardware
Stores Limited, 34 Henry Street West, St. Jacobs, Ontario NOB 2N0



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