London Drugs Stats
In just one year, three main streams of London Drugs recycling diverted a mega-dump truck’s weight in waste!
- London Drugs collected and helped to recycle 58,642 kilograms of used batteries and cell phones.
- We recycled over 163,000kg of computers and electronics
- Customers helped us recycle over 350,000 kilograms of plastic
We also donated over 213,000kg of food in 2016, avoiding organic waste and helping worthy organizations in our communities.
In the last 5 years we diverted 123,000kg of Styrofoam from landfills – over 150 semi-trailer truckloads full – recycling it as a commodity to be reused in manufacturing.
Waste Diversion Rate
We track the waste diversion performance of all of our stores. Our average waste diversion rate for 2016 was 92.8%
Our total recycling weight for 2016 was 5,750,912kg ! That’s heavier than 12 fully loaded 747 jet aircraft!
London Drugs was among the first to encourage our software vendors to deliver their product in smaller, more efficient packaging. Traditionally, suppliers are interested in getting more shelf space with a larger box, but now more are coming to realize that more efficient packaging can be just as effective. We try to lead the way with our own Tree Frog brand of computer accessories featuring reduced and recyclable packaging.
We specifically look for Energy Star items. Energy Star is one of the most successful programs in North America for helping customers choose more energy efficient products. We actively seek out products that have earned this designation.
London Drugs is working to make recycling mainstream.
We have had managers serving on stewardship boards such as the Alberta Recycling Management Authority and one who has made the Clean 50 – a national list of sustainability top performers. We are also proud to have won a Canadian Stewardship Award in the business category. We continue to promote waste reduction and look for ways to make it happen.
We’re looking to close the loop, and eventually be able to recycle everything we sell.
One of our favourite examples of ‘closed loop retailing’ is Cascades tissue products. Cascades Recovery is our recycling partner for cardboard and paper. The fiber we recycle with them ends up back on our shelves in their Cascades tissue products!
RoHS and Electronics Purchasing
Wherever possible, the electronics we sell are RoHS compliant. (Including all of our London Drugs Certified Data products) RoHS, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union, and restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment:
- Hexavalent chromium (or Cr6+)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
While Canadian and American companies are not required to comply with this directive, London Drugs feels it is important to ensure our products are as healthy as possible for our customers