Starting August 1, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Vancouver will be as simple as a trip to London Drugs.
This expands our usual Bring Back the Pack program, where customers can bring back packaging from any purchases they make at London Drugs (this is available at ALL London Drugs Stores) Now, for the next year, no matter where the material came from, anyone can return the following soft plastics and foam packaging to 11 Vancouver stores:
- Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers etc.
- White and coloured plastic foam packaging, (Styrofoam™) including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons and foam cushion packaging for electronics etc.
This MMBC Soft Plastics Recycling Program will be available at the following stores:
- London Drugs Store #2, Granville & Georgia
London Drugs Store #4, Broadway & Cambie
- London Drugs Store #7, East Hastings
London Drugs Store #10, Kerrisdale
London Drugs Store #19, Robson St
- London Drugs Store #28, 3328 Kingsway
London Drugs Store #50, Davie St
London Drugs Store #53, 41st & Victoria
- London Drugs Store #74, Broadway & Vine
London Drugs Store #78, Hastings & Abbott
- London Drugs Store #82, Olympic Village.
So if you live in Vancouver, go through your closets, save up that plastic and Styrofoam and bring it back to your local London Drugs. Let’s show the rest of BC what a difference we can make!
Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is partnering with London Drugs to offer this convenient option, and this one-year pilot program will be evaluated for potential introduction in other parts of the province in the future.
“MMBC’s partnership with London Drugs will increase access to consistent and convenient recycling of plastics and packaging for Vancouver residents,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC. “Our aim is to make recycling easier and ensure we divert more material away from landfills to be recycled into new products.”
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.
“At London Drugs we are always looking for ways to enhance our retail-leading sustainable programs with the goal of providing our customers with new opportunities and channels to reduce waste and recycle more,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs. “This new pilot program provides the citizens of Vancouver with the opportunity to go beyond their regular recycling and waste reduction habits with the ability to now be able to recycle ALL clean household foam packaging and soft plastics at London Drugs. This partnership with MMBC is our further commitment to sustainability and we look forward to seeing the results of this year-long pilot program at our 11 Vancouver London Drugs locations.”
About Multi-Material BC
Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is a non-profit organization that is fully financed by its member businesses, with a mandate to manage residential packaging and printed paper recycling programs in communities across British Columbia. MMBC provides recycling services either directly to communities or by working in partnership with local governments, First Nations, private companies, and other non-profit organizations to ensure households across BC are receiving best-in-class recycling services.