October 19th, 2016

Earth’s Choice Helps Tackle Waste With State-of-the-Art Omnidegradable Coffee Bags.

Earths Choice Biodegradable Coffee Bag

For coffee lovers, keeping beans fresh has always meant sacrificing some waste to the environment. Coffee bags must provide a shelf-stable barrier to oxygen and moisture, while providing a one-way valve to release naturally occurring CO2 from the roasted coffee.

That means most coffee bags are made from plastic that will last for thousands of years in our landfills – or worse, in the natural environment.

In line with their philosophy of offering sustainable products at a reasonable price point, Earth’s Choice wanted to make a better packaging choice.

So they selected a bag from TekPak solutions, made with Organic Compound Plastic (OCP) designed to break down in any environment where microbes are present – landfill, oceans, soil – eventually leaving only water, CO2 and a tiny percentage of organic matter.

Earths Choice Coffee London Drtugs biodegradable bag Green Deal Sustainability ProductEarth’s Choice says the bag is currently the only one of this type in Canada, and will decompose in less than 5 years in any post-consumer facility. (Standard coffee bags on the market can remain in a landfill for over 500 years, or multiple generations)

This packaging material complies with ASTM standards for biodegradability, and the TekPak website also has a lot of interesting information on different kinds of plastics, degradable and otherwise.

Unfortunately, the bag won’t yet break down as fast as the coffee grounds themselves, but it’s definitely a big step in the right direction. Add that to its organic and fair trade certification, and that makes Earth’s Choice a great choice when you are looking for your next green caffeine fix.

August 10th, 2016

London Drugs and MMBC Launch Expanded Soft Plastic & Styrofoam Recycling Program in Vancouver

Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs, Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC

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.

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

October 19th, 2015

How to lose 100lb in a week (From your garbage, that is) 
Canada Waste Reduction Week, Oct 19 – 25, 2015

How to recycle electronics batteries and appliances at London Drugs

Waste is still piling up. It’s time to take action! And this week is a great time to make new commitments and shed those unwanted pounds.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Week started in 2001, when recycling councils and organizations from across Canada came together and expanded their local efforts into a national event.

Divert those food scraps! Use your municipal food scraps collection, if you have one. And compost the peels, rinds and uncooked veggie matter in a backyard composter.
Weight of food scraps an average Western Canadian family produces per week: 3kg / 6.6 lbs *

Recycle an old computer. Who needs a computer that can’t even open a 2015 web page? Bring it to London Drugs. We’ll make sure it’s recycled right, and the data destroyed.
Weight of an average old junky computer: 5Kg – 11 lb Weight of an old CRT style screen: 10Kg – 22 lb

Recycle those old batteries! The average household throws out about 8 batteries per year. That may not sound like a lot, but dry cell batteries contribute about 88 percent of the total mercury and 50 percent of the cadmium in the municipal solid waste stream. (US stat*) So bring those in to us, and shave a few important ounces off your waste.
8 AA batteries approx .2 Kg – .44 lb

Recycle a small appliance According to one estimate, Canadians purchase over 24 million small appliances a year.* So what happens to the old ones? Well if it has a power cord, you can recycle your small appliances right at your local London Drugs.
Average weight of a clothes iron: 1kg – 2.2 lb

Recycle that old FatScreen It’s time to join the 2000’s. Flat screens are bigger, better, lighter and use way less energy. So if you have an old tube style TV lying around, don’t chuck it in the dumpster or leave it in the alley. Just bring it to London Drugs for responsible recycling.
Average weight of a 27” Tube TV: 30kg – 66 lb

Total Weight Lost: 46.2Kg – 101.64 lb

Way to go! You did it!  Now make some all-year long waste reduction resolutions to keep that weight off! Here’s a link to all the things you can recycle at your local London Drugs store, and you can always search online for even more stewardship programs and depots in your area.

Waste Reduction Week Canada

Recycling Council of BC

August 20th, 2015

London Drugs Takes Recycling Tracking to the Next Level with ReTRAC


Part of our ongoing commitment to waste reduction takes us to events like the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s annual conference, where we find out about leading technologies for helping us to make our good waste work better.

That’s how we learned about Re-TRAC, an exciting waste diversion software program that lets us track our waste numbers right down to the store level.
In early 2015, London Drugs adopted Re-TRAC Tracker as our waste diversion tracking system. Within a week of the first training session, all 78 stores and our service providers were tracking data in Re-TRAC Connect.
Now the London Drugs team can generate reports to see exactly what materials are being recycled at each store and how that contributes to our overall sustainability goals. We can compare performance across store locations, measure any trends, and monitor progress towards achieving our 95% diversion rate target.

If you want to learn more about the London Drugs Re-TRAC story, you can read our full case study on the Re-TRAC website.

And remember, you can always contribute to our waste diversion total just by recycling at London Drugs!

July 30th, 2015

Lethbridge store recycles with the best of them in London Drugs Waste Audit

Every year, we visit every single London Drugs store to dig through their trash. But it goes deeper than that. The Waste Audit is part of a continuous process of improvement that looks at the recycling output of each department in the store, and helps make suggestions on how things can be tweaked to keep every last gram of recycling out of the landfill.

Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist Maury McCausland recently visited our Lethbridge London Drugs store, and found that their waste diversion rate is going strong. We captured the Waste Audit process on video, as Lethbridge store Manager Chris Mabie was on hand to help wrangle the bags and pick up on improvements his team can still make.

Let’s raise a bag of recycling and toast the Lethbridge team – you are the real Green Deal!

July 30th, 2015

How DO you recycle Styrofoam™, anyway?

When London Drugs began taking back its packaging and recycling expanded polystyrene (better known by one of its trade names, Styrofoam™) it was a challenge. The stuff is bulky and requires specific equipment to process. But in its condensed form, its actually a valuable commodity.

Our recycling partner, FOAM ONLY, has made a business out of recycling this much-maligned packaging material, and we went inside their Coquitlam, BC plant to find out more.

So the next time you bring back Styrofoam™ to recycle from one of your London Drugs purchases, you can rest easy knowing its not going to be polluting our environment or hogging landfill space. It will have another life, somewhere down the road.

And you won’t even have to deal with the squeaking…


July 28th, 2015

Yahoo! Annual Stampede Breakfast Waste Diversion Up Again

calgary-stampede-waste1 214 kilograms of waste diverted from the City of Calgary’s landfills

For the third year in a row, London Drugs has partnered with Green Calgary and Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association (RRROCA) to green its annual community Stampede breakfast. Through various reducing, recycling, and composting strategies, 89.3% of all waste was diverted. This is up slightly (0.3%) from last year and up 10.3% from the first year of the partnership. Yahoo!

The greening of the breakfast helped prevent 214 kilograms of waste from going to the City’s landfills including:

  • 75 kilograms of organics (now that’s a lot of pancakes!)
  • 3 kilograms of beverage containers
  • 5 kilograms of mixed recycling diverted (paper plates, cutlery, etc.)

Over 4000 guests attended the event for pancakes, music and sustainable Stampede fun.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


June 24th, 2015

Announcing a better way to recycle your cleaner and air freshener waste, with London Drugs, Febreeze and Terracycle.

cleaner-triggers-smSpring cleaning has always been a messy job, and it can produce lots of garbage: plastic air freshener cartridges and the blister packs they come in; trigger heads on spray bottles; screw caps from bathroom and kitchen cleaners; used packages of disposable cleaning wipes, and more.
Now you can drop off your ‘cleaner waste’ at new drop boxes installed at 78 London Drugs stores stores across Western Canada, through a pilot program launched by Febreeze and Terracycle.
The items are technically recyclable, however, the high cost of separating mixed plastics means the infrastructure to recycle them isn’t available across the country.
This prompted Febreze (a Procter & Gamble brand) and TerraCycle to join together with London Drugs in an effort to make recycling easier for consumers.
Residents in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan will find clearly marked drop-off boxes at London Drugs stores, into which they can deposit their home cleaning and air-freshening waste.
Once full, the boxes will be picked up by UPS and shipped to TerraCycle, an independent recycling agency specializing in diverting from landfill what municipalities deem “non-recyclable.”
“We have seen a number of great successes in our partnership with TerraCycle, and we are proud to be able to expand upon the types of items our customers can recycle,” said Maury McCausland, Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist at London Drugs. “This program is a natural extension to our Bring Back the Pack and What’s the Green Deal? programs, so we expect to see great engagement from those who are dedicated to diverting waste from our landfills.”
“We’re thrilled to be working on this new in-store recycling program,” adds TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “Diverting home cleaning waste from landfill is a huge job, but with these drop-off boxes, it’s made easy — whenever you’re planning a visit to London Drugs, you bring your used trigger heads along and leave them at the store. We take care of the rest.”
The Air and Home Care Brigade contributes two cents for each item of waste toward a charity – all money raised from customer drop-offs to the London Drugs pilot program will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Air and Home Care Brigade accepted waste:

  • All brands and sizes of plastic air fresheners, plastic electronic (i.e. plug in) air fresheners and plastic air freshener cartridges (including plastic car air freshener products).
  • All brands of plastic bottle trigger heads and pumps (used for air care and home cleaning products such as kitchen / bathroom cleaner sprays) and flexible cleaning wipe packaging (intended for home cleaning.
  • All related flexible plastic air care and home care product packaging of any brand (please remove any cardboard (usually the back) or other recyclable components first and recycle these with your household collections).
  • Please check with your local council to see if plastic bottle caps (for air care products, and washing up liquid bottles) can be recycled locally – where a solution is available please recycle the caps locally – if no local solution is available these can also be sent in for recycling

For more info on the Brigade, see http://www.terracycle.ca/en-CA/brigades/air-care-brigade.html

May 12th, 2015

The City of Airdrie and London Drugs partner to host the largest community clean-up event ever held in the city

community-clean-up-airdrieLondon Drugs is pleased to be partnered with the City of Airdrie to provide residents with an opportunity to recycle numerous household items at the largest community clean-up event ever held in the city.

“It is extremely important to divert as much material from the landfill as we can,” says Mara Pratt, Education Coordinator with the City of Airdrie’s Waste & Recycling Services. “We are very excited to partner with London Drugs to be able to provide residents with this opportunity to recycle many household items.”

The City of Airdrie has held an annual paper shredding event for the past several years to properly recycle paper waste. This year they are being joined by London Drugs and other community organizations so that residents can bring tires, metal, clothing, small appliances, electronics, non-food related Styrofoam, disposable cameras, Inkjet & Laser cartridges, batteries, plastic bags, CFL light blubs, Fluorescent tubes (up to 4 ft), smoke alarms, bicycles and car seats for proper recycling.

Residents are asked to start going through any items they may want to get rid of and bring them to the London Drugs parking lot on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. After dropping off their items, residents are invited to enjoy a fundraising BBQ hosted by local animal rescue, Bail Us Out.

“Together with enthusiastic support of Airdrie residents, we can divert thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill through this event,” says Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager at the Airdrie London Drugs location which diverted over 82,444 pounds from the city’s landfill last year through their own in-store reducing, recycling, and composting strategies.

Following is a list of organizations that will be supporting this event:

GEEP – Global Electric Electronic Processing

Community Links:

Good Will Airdrie

Rainbow Salvage

Cutting Edge Tire Recycling

Kid Seat Recyclers

Bail Us Out

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