October 18th, 2017

One small fee for a bag. One giant leap to reduce waste.

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Canadians use up to 15 BILLION plastic bags every year* – enough to go around the world 55 times. That’s a lot of plastic, with the potential to negatively affect our environment, waterways and wildlife. Since 2006, London Drugs has reduced bag use by about 60%, through education and bag alternatives. But now it’s time to take the next step. Starting Jan1, 2018, we are introducing a 5¢ plastic bag reduction fee.

5¢ plastic bag fee at London DrugsWhy a fee? Because fees work to reduce bag use.
Although many may be unhappy to see a per-bag charge at their favourite stores, the results can be huge. When the UK started charging for bags, Wales and Ireland saw a 75% – 90% DECREASE in single-use plastic bags.** We think Canadians are ready to do just as well, or better. Research shows 53 per cent of Canadians feel stores should charge a fee for plastic bags.***

Do we charge for every bag?
Regular plastic bags are the majority of bags we hand out. So our fee is focused on reducing their use. Specialty bags in the cosmetic and pharmacy departments are not affected.

Where does the money go?
Our plastic bag reduction fee goes to cover bag costs, and to help support our What’s the Green Deal recycling programs. Since 2008, we have been steadily growing our in-store recycling services to take back more items than any other retailer in our category. (Around 11 Million pounds a year!) Proceeds from bag fees will help us grow our Green Deal programs even further and keep recycling free for our customers.

Small steps taken together make a big difference.
So bring your reusable bag, or bring a nickel. Then bring all your soft plastics back to London Drugs for recycling. With millions of Canadians shopping every day, if we each used even ONE less bag, that would save a LOT of plastic waste.

*Source: Greener Footprints Society http://www.greenerfootprints.com/plastic-bag-facts/
**Source: Article – The Telegraph, October 2015 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11912052/Plastic-bag-charge-the-unintended-consequences-of-the-5p-deterrent.html
***Source: Angus Reid Poll, Canada, 2012 http://angusreidglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2012.06.13_Bags_CAN.pdf

September 20th, 2017

Community Cleanup Recycles Loud and Proud at Royal Oak London Drugs in Calgary!

It was a beautiful September morning when the first cars started rolling into the parking lot, loaded with recycling for the annual Community Cleanup.
The London Drugs Community Trailer was on hand playing vinyl records and doing sound demos to keep the energy up. People brought everything from metal to electronics to Styrofoam to kids car seats, and the results were spectacular. Here are just some of the stats:

  • 3 skids of Styrofoam
  • 32lbs of Light Bulbs
  • 33lbs of Toner
  • 66 lbs of soft plastic
  • 49lbs of hard plastic
  • 185lbs of batteries.
  • E-cycle solutions filled one whole truck, dropped off and came back for more recycled electronics
  • Salvation Army filled two trucks full of clothing donations and usable household items
  • The Syrian refugee support group took in almost 50 bikes that were in good repair and can be re-used
  • Kidseats Car Seat recycling took in 14 car seats to recycle.

“This has grown into a very big event at our location,” says Store Manager Pat Tonner, “We received many positive comments from customers, they were quite surprised that they could recycle their Styrofoam during this event, and bring back packaging whenever they shop at London Drugs. We definitely want to keep getting the word out about our recycling.”

Congratulations to the whole team at Royal Oak. You are the real Green Deal!

For information on what you can recycle at your local London Drugs, go to greendeal.ca/recycling to find out more.

July 7th, 2017

London Drugs announces expanded partnership with Recycle BC for recycling of plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission.

Starting July 5, 2017, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission will be as simple as a trip to London Drugs. Recycle BC (formerly Multi-Material BC) is partnering with London Drugs to offer this convenient option for residents to bring these materials to their local store for recycling. Building off a partnership established with London Drugs stores in the City of Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, this expansion involves four stores in the participating communities.

The following plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging are now accepted at London Drugs stores in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission:

  • Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers
  • White and coloured plastic foam packaging, including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons and foam cushion packaging for electronics

LONDON DRUGS LOCATIONS IN ABBOTSFORD, CHILLIWACK AND MISSION:

  • Abbotsford – #26 – 32700 South Fraser Way
  • Abbotsford – Unit L 110 – 3122 Mt. Lehman Road
  • Chilliwack – #21 – 45585 Luckakuck Way
  • Mission – #200 – 32555 London Avenue

“As new communities within our Recycle BC program, we’re excited to expand our partnership with London Drugs to offer residents of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission more options for recycling plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of Recycle BC. “We’re pleased to offer residents more options for recycling material that is not accepted in curbside recycling.”

“With the expansion to Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, London Drugs is proud to again be partnering with Recycle BC to offer a very convenient way for more consumers to recycle their plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs. “Now our customers and the greater community in these areas will be able to bring in these materials no matter where the original product packaging has originated from. Simply bring it in to your local London Drugs and we’ll ensure it is recycled properly.”
Plastic bags and overwrap are recycled into new grocery bags, plastic pallets, containers, crates, pipes, decking and park benches. Plastic foam packaging is recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts.

In addition to London Drugs locations, residents can continue to return plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging at seven other depots in these communities. A tool to find the nearest depot can be found at Recycle BC.

Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout BC, ensuring household material is collected, sorted and recycled. Plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging are not collected at curbside because when these materials mix with other recyclables they do not separate well enough to meet the standards of North American recycling markets.

Additional items consumers can recycle at London Drugs include fluorescent lights, rechargeable and alkaline batteries, cell phones, cardboard, electronics and cartridges for printers and computers. More information on the many items London Drugs will take back for recycling can be found at www.greendeal.ca.

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

April 21st, 2017

London Drugs Reaches Battery Collection Milestone – Over 300,000 kg Recycled with Call2Recycle®!

300,000Kg of batteries recycled by London Drugs

It’s an amazing save! London Drugs, in partnership with Call2Recycle®, has now diverted over 300,000 kg of batteries from landfill since 2000. That’s the equivalent weight of 1.7 million hockey pucks. London Drugs is the first Western Canada-based retailer in the Call2Recycle program to reach this recycling milestone.

Seventeen years ago, London Drugs began offering the Call2Recycle battery take-back program to its customers in its stores throughout Western Canada.  Originally accepting only rechargeable batteries, the program expanded to include single-use batteries (such as AA, AAA, 9v, etc.) in 2010 in BC and in 2012 to the rest of western Canada. London Drugs now averages about 50,000 kg of batteries collected annually.

“We are committed to offering sustainable options for our customers — not only through the products we sell, but also by providing solutions for the proper end-of-life management for those products,” says Maury McCausland, London Drugs Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist. “Offering an in-store battery recycling program to our customers aligns with our overall environmental commitment to ensure we are lessening our impact on our planet and in our communities.”

“Since our program launched in Canada 20 years ago, we have successfully collected and recycled over 13.5 million kilograms of batteries,” said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “Without the commitment to responsible recycling from collection partners like London Drugs, this accomplishment wouldn’t be possible.”

And it wouldn’t be possible without YOU bringing in those old batteries. So save them up, bring them to your local London Drugs and let’s keep piling on the numbers.

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

March 1st, 2017

Daylight Savings BACON! An easy way to remember to check your smoke alarms and recycle those old batteries at London Drugs.

People like bacon a lot more than they like maintaining smoke alarms. So at daylight savings time, while we spring ahead, think BACON and remember to test your smoke detectors, change the batteries and recycle at London Drugs. Not only does your local LD store take back all types of alkaline and rechargeable batteries, we can also safely recycle your old smoke alarm if it fails the test. (This is especially important as smoke alarms can actually contain small amounts of radioactive material)

Then, treat yourself to… BACON! (Extra crispy!)

 

January 31st, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle at London Drugs

You probably recycle the basics. But there are some things you might not have thought of that you can get out of your closets and keep out of the landfill. Check out this video of one of our new Recycling Centres surprising a few shoppers at our Cambie St. Store in Vancouver. Then check the list below to see what YOU can recycle on your next trip to London Drugs.

Smoke alarm recycling at London Drugs1. Smoke Alarms – After a while they stop working. Or maybe you upgrade to newer technology. Whatever the reason, if you end up with an old smoke alarm IT SHOULD NEVER GO IN THE LANDFILL! Smoke alarms actually contain very small amounts of radioactive material, and this should always be recycled responsibly. Bring it to your local LD store and we’ll take care of it.

Recycling a Vacuum Cleaner at London Drugs2. Your Old Vacuum Cleaner – When it no longer sucks, bring it to London Drugs. Our recycling partner breaks the units down and recycles them responsibly. In fact, London Drugs takes back any kind of small appliance with a cord. (Here’s me getting rid of an old clunker and buying a sweet new Dyson!)

3. Microwave Ovens – Yes, London Drugs takes these appliances, too. No, it probably WON’T get picked up if you just leave it in the alley.

VHS tapes recycling4. Old VHS Tapes – When that old copy of Gone With The Wind is finally toast, bring it to London Drugs. We make sure old media finds a new life as waste-to-energy instead of taking up landfill space. (Limits per customer per visit may apply – ask at your local LD store) Bring in the old VHS player too, if you like. We recycle all sorts of electronics as well.

recycling old cables and chargers5. Cords, Cables and Chargers – Who doesn’t have a drawer containing some old, unidentified electronic spaghetti? It all contains copper, plastic and electronic components that can be recovered. Bring it on.

Find out more at greendeal.ca – You can recycle all sorts of stuff at London Drugs without making an extra trip to the depot.

November 22nd, 2016

HP Named 2017 Sustainable Vendor Partner of the Year, for Ink Cartridge Recycling and More.

We have SO many great GreenDeal vendors at London Drugs, it’s always a near-impossible choice to pick just one to recognize. But HP has really gone above and beyond in the electronics sustainability world.

The Best Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

HP has developed a mechanized process to disassemble their ink cartridges and  recycle the material, so that plastic from every HP cartridge returned gets included in new cartridges. Watch the video below as London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel explains how the program works.

Design for Recycling and ‘Closing the Loop’.

HP puts extra effort into the design of their electronics, so that they use recycled plastic in their manufacture, and are easier to disassemble and recycle at the end of their usable life. 48% of new commercial desktop products contained greater than 10% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

HP does a great job of measuring and reducing their impact world-wide.

The company has already achieved their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20% by 2020, (compared to 2010) They also scored 100/A for the second consecutive year in the CDP Climate disclosure and performance scores – the highest possible rating. HP scored a ‘Perfect 10’ for corporate social responsibility in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016. They also have initiatives to benefit communities, workers and reduce deforestation.

Congratulations, HP – you are the REAL Green Deal!

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