April 23rd, 2017

Prince George London Drugs Earth Day Recycling Roundup Helps Spread the Word on Recycling Beyond the Blue Box

London Drugs Recycling Roundup

It was a sunny Saturday April 22nd in Prince George as London Drugs Manager Christian Schenk set up the Recycling Roundup tent in the parking lot. This is one of a series of events planned at London Drugs stores in Western Canada designed to focus attention on all the things customers can recycle and give them an easy way to unload unwanted materials responsibly. The event was visited by Prince George Councillor Garth Frizzell (pictured above) and the 250News team also stopped by for an interview.

Schenk says the whole event is about letting people know they have options for those hard to recycle items.

“You can bring back everything from batteries and smoke alarms to old TVs, computers, electronics, light bulbs… even small appliances. London Drugs is working to eventually be able to recycle everything we sell.”

London Drugs also features a unique packaging recycling program called Bring Back the Pack, allowing customers to return ANY packaging from London Drugs purchases for responsible recycling.

If you missed this year’s event, don’t worry – London Drugs takes back all of the following items at any time:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers etc)
  • Small Appliances (purchased at London Drugs)
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders
  • Laser cartridges

Visit greendeal.ca, or just stop by your local London Drugs to find out more.

April 22nd, 2017

Recycling Over Lunch at CanWel Building Materials Vancouver

The London Drugs What’s the Green Deal team was proud to be invited to speak at a local Lunch & Learn event focused on recycling, held in the National Office of Canwel Building Materials. The event started with a presentation on office recycling by Cascades Recovery, designed to increase knowledge and diversion rates. (Cascades is also a major London Drugs Recycling Partner) Green Deal blogger Lorne Craig then talked with the group about home recycling, showcasing all the recyclables listed on the greendeal.ca website that can be taken back to any London Drugs store.
Then participants broke into teams and faced the Waste Sorting Challenge, diverting a select batch of ‘trash’ into the appropriate streams within a two minute deadline.
Everyone was a winner, as all attendees left with a London Drugs Big Green RecycleBag for their efforts. Not to mention a fresh appreciation for the possibilities of home and office recycling.
Way to go Team CanWel! YOU are the REAL Green Deal!

Office Recycling

March 16th, 2017

Prince George hosts London Drugs’ first Recycling Round-Up of 2017 on Earth Day, April 22nd.

London Drugs Recycling Prince George

If you’ve got an old TV, small appliance or other unwanted electronics cluttering up your home, and you live in Prince George, better mark your calendar for Earth Day, April 22nd. From 10am to 3pm, the London Drugs location at Parkwood Place will be hopping with a free recycling drop-off event for the whole family.

“You can drop off a huge variety of recyclables at London Drugs all year long,” says Manager Christian Schenk, “But Earth Day is an extra special time to get the word out there and get people recycling, especially as we get ready for spring cleaning season.”

Schenk says they are focusing on electronics and small appliances for this year’s event, but you can also bring back a whole range of other recyclables. See the full list below:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers etc)
  • Small Appliances (purchased at London Drugs)
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders
  • Laser cartridges

If you want to know more about the London Drugs Recycling Round-Up, drop by the store or give them a call at (250) 561-0011.

For more information on London Drugs recycling, visit greendeal.ca.

April 22nd, 2016

London Drugs Earth Day Event Brings Recycling, Education and Great Green Deals to Courtenay BC, April 23rd 2016

#67 Earth Day for webFrom 11am to 3pm come on by the London Drugs at Driftwood Mall in Courtenay, BC,  and bring your old electronics – the Courtenay Return-It Depot will be helping to host an E-Waste collection in the parking lot. The first 30 customers will receive 1 Rialto Theatre movie pass and all participants in our National Challenge will receive 1 entry form for a chance to win a $150 pre-paid Visa card.* (*Visit driftwoodmall.ca/ewasterecyclingchallenge-2 for more details)

Gayle Bates from Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services will also be dropping by to share learning and tips on waste reduction and you can  check out the great Green Deals on a super selection of more sustainable products.

Happy Earth Day!

April 18th, 2016

London Drugs Prince George Cleans Up Again With Spring Recycling Round-Up

Christian Schenk, Store Manager at London Drugs, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall

Christian Schenk, Store Manager at London Drugs, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall

It’s springtime, and that means getting rid of clutter. Once again, London Drugs helped citizens of Prince George avoid cluttering landfills at the same time, with a recycling drop-off event featuring some very green partners.

Saturday April 16th, The London Drugs parking lot was host to Tire Stewardship BC, Kidseat Recyclers and the Recycling & Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS). Polaris Montessori Elementary School students helped customers with free recycling of their tires, while old car seats could be dropped off for a recycling fee of $10.

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and Councillor Garth Frizzell also dropped by to lend a hand and add their support. Mayor Hall was quoted in a News 250 article on the event; “We’re striving to become a green community and environmentally this is a huge thing for us to undertake.”

LD-recycling-event1-PG-2016The London Drugs store team was also on hand to remind people of all the recyclables they can bring back to the store ANY day of the year.

“We had an opportunity to tell customers about the various programs we offer; Bring Back The Pack, battery recycling, electronics recycling, etc,” says Christian Schenk, store manager at London Drugs. “I had an opportunity to talk with the mayor and let him know about what we are doing to take care of the “footprint” that we create. He was quite impressed and even commented that he wished other larger businesses would do the same.”

Way to go, P.G. You are the REAL Green Deal!

For a look at last year’s recycling event, and an inspiring clean-up by College Heights Secondary students, check out our Green Heroes of the North video here.

From right, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, City Councillor Garth Frizzell, Polaris Montessori Elementary School PAC representative Melanie Noullett and students help recycle tires – photo 250News

From right, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, City Councillor Garth Frizzell, Polaris Montessori Elementary School PAC representative Melanie Noullett and students help recycle tires – photo 250News

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, Kidseat recyclers photo 250News

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, Kidseat recyclers photo 250News

March 29th, 2016

From your junk drawer to Zero Waste, our Green Deal sustainability story has it all!

London Drugs Green Deal Sustainability Overview Earth Month 2016

Once upon a time…

There was a lonely flip phone. One of millions of discarded recyclables looking for a better place to call home. Fortunately, London Drugs was launching a program to make recycling as easy as a trip to the store.  The year was 2008 Here’s our story.

The London Drugs philosophy is to support the communities we serve. Years before 2008, our stores had offered recycling, our photo labs treated their water and our operations reduced their impacts. But it was time to take our sustainability journey further.
What’sthe Green Deal? began as a question, because we always want to seek better sustainability answers.

Our 4 Pillar Strategy:

1. WASTE REDUCTION – Over 93% Of all store waste is diverted from landfill by our employees.

2. ENERGY & OPERATIONS – Better warehouse design & lighting, biodiesel in our trucks and more.

3. UPSTREAM BUYING – Our  Responsible Purchasing Policy helps show vendors exactly what we expect when it comes to their supply chain standards.

4. EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION – Our outreach events, sponsorships, Twitter feed @WTGreenDeal and our greendeal.ca website & blog help share greener living tips with the whole community.

What can customers recycle at London Drugs?

  • Electronics
  • Small Appliances
  • Packaging from our products including Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags
  • Insurance Plastic Folders
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Cell Phones
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Fluorescent Light Tubes (up to 48”)
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Ink jet Cartridges
  • Laser Cartridges
  • Metal Film Canisters

WHERE does our recycling go?

  • Global Electric Electronic 
Processing (GEEP)
  • e-Cycle
  • FOAM ONLY
  • Cascades Recovery
  • Call2Recycle
  • Light Recycle
  • Various Recycling Partners

Responsible Recycling

Our recycling partners are certified and reviewed to ensure no unprocessed material is sent to substandard offshore facilities
London Drugs will take back all of your packaging from our products. 
Including the Styrofoam!

Don’t dump drugs!
 Our pharmacists take back all unused or expired medications, so they don’t pollute lands and waters.

Thanks to our customers and employees, our average yearly recycling totals over 11 MILLION lbs !

For those who like to shop a little greener… We identify Green Deal products with environmental benefits at the shelf and online.

The Zero Waste QUESTION – Can we create NEW products from  the ‘waste’  material streams that come from our recycling?

We already have one closed-loop product on our shelves. Cascades recycled paper products are made from cardboard and paper partially sourced from our waste recycling streams. And we’re still looking for even more ways to get to Zero Waste.

LEARN MORE Visit our website for blogs, videos articles, and products that help you live a little greener.  greendeal.ca

The story continues…

May 1st, 2015

Green Heroes of the North – We Salute you!

A lot of ‘green’ talk often focuses on urban lifestyles, but as this video shows, Canadians living in more rural areas can be just as heroic when it comes to recycling and community sustainability spirit. We recently visited Prince George BC, where Green Deal’s Lorne Craig delivered a presentation on sustainability issues at College Heights Secondary. This school hosts the Northern Leadership Conference – a day of learning and inspiration for 200 kids from across BC’s North.

We also documented the 10th anniversary of their annual highway cleanup, celebrating 1000km of roadside trash-busting. College Heights teacher Cindy Smith has been tirelessly organizing the event for the last decade, and her inspiration to the students definitely rubbed off on us!

DSC_1732Next, we visited the Prince George London Drugs’ Recycling Roundup where Manager Christian Schenk lifted TV’s, boxed up batteries and took in tires with Tire Stewardship BC. It’s his personal mission to let everyone know what they can recycle at his store!

On the musical side, we attended the premiere concert of the Up Your Watershed Tour, where kids from Highglen Montessori delivered a powerful set of enviro-themed songs under the expert musical direction of Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright of the Artist Response Team.

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Also known as ‘The Wilds’, Holly and Kevin are touring the Fraser River watershed, teaching and performing with groups of kids at concert stops along the way. (London Drugs is proud to be a sponsor of this awe-inspiring tour as well)

Thanks to the hundreds of Everyday Green Heroes we met on our first Northern Tour. YOU are the REAL Green Deal!

April 28th, 2015

First Green Calgary Rain Barrel Sale of the Season a Huge Success !

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Calgarians are making a big difference, significantly decreasing water consumption

On April 18th, London Drugs hosted Green Calgary for the first Rain Barrel & Composter Sale of the season. We are thrilled to announce that it was a sellout event with a record 161 rain barrels and 32 composters sold.

It’s inspiring to see so many Calgarians changing their behaviour towards water consumption and together we are making a big difference! Despite seeing the largest population increase on record in 2014 – 38,508 new people – total water consumption decreased 2.1 billion litres from 2013.

Every rain barrel helps conserve even more. It’s not too late to get yours!

Upcoming London Drugs Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, May 30, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs – 3545-32 Ave NE

Sat, June 13, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Royal Oak – 500-8888 Country Hills Blvd NW

Sat, June 20, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Brentwood – 3630 Brentwood Rd NW

Other Locations and Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, April 25, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Oakridge – 70-2580 Southland Drive SW

Sat, May 2, 9AM-12PM
Truckload, Crowfoot RONA – 90 Crowfoot Way NW

Sat, May 9, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Transcanada – 510-16 Ave NE

Sat, May 23, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Signal Hill – 5735 Signal Hill Ctr SW

Sat, June 6, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Shawnessy – 110-70 Shawville Blvd SE

All proceeds from the sales go to support Green Calgary’s programs that are dedicated to empowering people to create healthy homes, workplaces, and communities.

April 2nd, 2015

The London Drugs RecycleCam strikes again… rewarding Everyday Green Heroes!


We think people who go take the extra time to recycle things right deserve some recognition. So for Earth Month 2015, we set up our hidden cameras to catch people in the act of recycling at one of our stores. Once they got over the initial surprise, their responses and reasons for recycling made us all proud. And when we gave them their special surprise, well let’s just say that recycling is the gift that keeps giving. Happy Earth Day!

And don’t forget to enter the London Drugs Recycling Selfie Contest, April 2 – 30th, 2015. Shoot a selfie of YOU recycling, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LDGreen and you’re entered to WIN a $500 gift card! More details at londondrugs.com/ldgreen.

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April 1st, 2015

Be Water Waste Wise: Conserve Water With a Rain Barrel

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Photo: Dorin_S istock

April showers are an opportunity for you to help save rain water for the hotter summer months ahead. Rain barrels collect and store rain water from rooftops, which can later be used for watering plants and gardens. There are many reasons that make these rain barrels a great green choice for your home:

Healthy Plants and Soil – Rain water is better for your garden and lawn because there are no added chemicals. Inorganic ions and fluoride compounds accumulate in the soil over time, and can potentially harm root plants and microorganisms in that soil. Your rain water will clean the soil of salt buildup, and promote healthy growing.

Money Saver – The average Canadian can collect up to 200 barrels of rain water from their roof during the growing season. When more people commit to using rain barrels for water usage, less water flows through our treatment facilities, which effectively saves you and your community money.

Reduction of Emissions – Using a rain barrel decreases your greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with water treatment. Energy is used more efficiently because less energy is used to heat water and pump drinking water and wastewater

Reduction of Runoff – Rain barrels help reduce the flow of storm runoff. When it rains, runoff takes with it soils, fertilizer, oil, pesticides and other contaminants along the way. This untreated water runs directly into streams, lakes, and other bodies of water, affecting the habitats of fish and wildlife in the area. By using a rain barrel, the amount of storm runoff is substantially reduced, helping to protect the environment around you.

Setting up a rain barrel collection system is easy.
You can set up one rain barrel, or multiple rain barrels, and attach each to a downspout or connect in series. Set your downspout at least 1.5 metres away from your house. Simply ensure it is on a stable and wide surface to prevent it from being pulled or knocked over, and ensure your barrel’s cover is secure!

Watch this video from Green Calgary on installing a rain barrel.

London Drugs is pleased to be partnered with Green Calgary to support their Annual Rain Barrel & Composter Sales. All proceeds go to support Green Calgary’s programs that are dedicated to empowering people to create healthy homes, workplaces, and communities.

London Drugs Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, April 18, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs – 4701-130 Ave SE

Sat, May 30, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs – 3545-32 Ave NE

Sat, June 13, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Royal Oak – 500-8888 Country Hills Blvd NW

Sat, June 20, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Brentwood – 3630 Brentwood Rd NW

Other Locations and Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, April 25, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Oakridge – 70-2580 Southland Drive SW

Sat, May 2, 9AM-12PM
Truckload, Crowfoot RONA – 90 Crowfoot Way NW

Sat, May 9, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Transcanada – 510-16 Ave NE

Sat, May 23, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Signal Hill – 5735 Signal Hill Ctr SW

Sat, June 6, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Shawnessy – 110-70 Shawville Blvd SE

Links:

Green Calgary Rain Barrel & Composter Sales
Installing a rain barrel video
City of Vancouver Rain Barrels
City of Nanaimo Rainwater Harvesting
Edmonton Rain Barrel Project
Winnipeg Composting & Rain Barrels
Saskatoon Rain Barrel Rebates

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