We are proud to announce that Cole Hardware has recently won three awards! We are both honored and humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of the California Product Stewardship Council’s Infinity Arrow Award, San Francisco Magazine’s Best Hardware Store, and 7×7’s Cause Local Effect Award™.
Our recycling programs, packed aisles, knowledgeable and attentive staff, and Community Partners program all helped in our being selected for these honors. We love being part of the Bay Area community and are happy to be a resource in so many ways.
California Product Stewardship Council’s Infinity Arrow Award:
Cole Hardware was one of four companies operating in California honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during the organization’s 6th annual Arrow Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles in August at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 39th annual conference and trade show.
Cole Hardware is the winner of the 2015 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take-Back. This award is given to a retail business, group of businesses, or chain that has initiated an outstanding take-back program for one or more products as an added convenience and service for its customers and that works with the producers of those products in developing safe storage and recovery of used products and packaging.
We are one of the two original retailers that partner with the San Francisco Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program (Retail Program), which started in 1997. Our participation in the program allows customers to conveniently drop off their household batteries, and our take-back services have since expanded to all our locations, where we now collect batteries, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and empty camp-size propane cylinders. We’re astonished at how popular the program is in our stores. In fact, our four San Francisco locations collected 24% of the total waste collected through the Retail Program last fiscal year. “Cole Hardware is truly a leader in the retail industry by providing take-back services for such a large number of products,” said Heidi Sanborn, executive director of CPSC.
San Francisco Magazine’s Best Hardware Store:
The Best of 2015 issue noted that our “packed aisles lend the impression that every home improvement product lies within 40 feet.” Our knowledgeable and attentive staff, as well as our Repair Referral Service, also received a shout-out.
7×7’s Cause Local Effect Award:
The Cause Local Effect Award is 7×7’s way of recognizing locally owned businesses that give to charity or do other good deeds in the community—allowing customers to make more conscientious choices in their everyday lives. This award is sponsored by dailyKARMA™, whose vision is to enhance social giving and enrich people’s lives by spreading gratitude.