October 19th, 2020

It’s Halloween Wrapper Round Up Time!

Keep your wrappers out of the landfill and environment with a simple trip to London Drugs.

Sometimes the spookiest thing about Halloween happens after you bring all that tasty candy home – all those plastic wrappers ending up in our landfills and environment. But they don’t have to.

You can bring your wrappers to London Drugs and deposit them with Recycle BC’s ‘Other Flexible Plastics’ program. This is the collection box that accepts harder-to-recycle flexible plastics such as stand-up and zipper lock pouches, crinkly wrappers, chip bags, non food protective packaging and more (see the complete list below)

By collecting your wrappers you are doing your part to keep plastic out of our waste streams. And that can make quite a difference. (In 2019 we collected 46.2 tonnes of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging with Recycle BC!)

So round up your Halloween candy wrappers, bring them into your local London Drugs and drop them in the Recycle BC box provided. There’s no trick to it at all.

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Take-Back List (BC Only)

Here’s a more detailed list of Other Flexible Plastic Examples.

Flexible-Packaging-Take-Back-List

Stand up and zipper lock pouches

  • Bags for Sugars, oatmeal, grated cheese, coffee and pouches with a zipper lock
  • Deli meat and cheese bags
  • Baby food pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Soap refill pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Plastic pet food bags

Crinkly wrappers and bags

  • Crinkly bags
  • Candy bags
  • Chocolate and candy or energy bar wrappers
  • Dried food and pasta bags
  • Wet wipe bags (including with hard plastic dispenser)
  • Cookie bags
  • Cellophane
  • Foil gift wrap (the plastic kind, not metallic ink on paper)
  • Cheese slice bags (please wash them off!)

Flexible packaging with plastic seal

  • Vacuum seal packaging (please clean out any meat packaging)
  • flexible packaging with plastic seal (Fresh pasta)
  • Flexible lid with rigid base packages (bologna and some deli meats)
  • Woven and net plastic bags (plastic weave, not burlap)

Non food protective packaging

  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic air packets (e-commerce)
  • Plastic bags with non 2-3-4 resin code
  • Shrink wraps on meats (wash them off please!)

August 10th, 2020

London Drugs Restarts Recycling After Covid-19

Here’s what’s happening in the first phase of our customer drop-off recycling reopening.

Customers used to the convenience of dropping off some recycling while shopping at their local London Drugs will be pleased to know we are resuming these services, though with some key differences.

“Customers will once again be able to responsibly recycle many items that are difficult to recycle anywhere else,” says Raman Johal, London Drugs Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist. “In this first phase we are limiting items accepted to those originally purchased at our stores, with some exceptions. (BC beverage containers, BC soft plastics, BC flexible plastics, and BC Styrofoam) We are also restricting the quantities of each customer’s daily recycling, and stores may have to temporarily stop accepting materials from time to time.”

These changes come as the London Drugs teams work to ensure the safety and wellness of our store environment, staff and customers.

Things you can recycle at London Drugs for #GlobalRecyclingDay

Customers can recycle the following items (with quantity limits below) originally purchased at London Drugs:

  • Soft plastics – Plastic bags, shopping bags, etc.
  • Styrofoam
  • Beverage containers
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Ink and toner
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Smoke alarms
  • BRITA filters
  • Medications
  • Flexible plastics* – Chip bags, candy bar wrappers, Ziploc bags, etc. (*BC only)

Recycling Quantity Limits (per person per day):

  • Plastics and Styrofoam – 1 grocery size bag of each
  • Beverage containers – 24 containers
  • Electronics and Appliances – 1 large item or 3 smaller items
  • Batteries – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag
  • Light bulbs – Several light bulbs
  • Smoke alarms – Several alarms
  • BRITA filters – Several filters
  • Medications – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag

For a complete list of items accepted, quantity limits and restrictions visit: www.greendeal.ca/recycling.

Recycling Restrictions Explained

““We know our customers have been collecting hard-to-recycle packaging and items at home over the past few months, but we have to avoid a huge overload of material as we start this phased reopening,” Johal continues, “To help manage the flood of recycling expected, stores will pause accepting drop-offs from customers once levels have reached capacity, until the recycling is picked up – the exception to this being beverage containers, which will continue to be accepted.”

Focusing on London Drugs purchased items is another way to manage our resources effectively.

“It is not fair to our staff for London Drugs to become a major recycling spot for the cardboard, packaging and items generated by other retailers,” says Johal, “We hope our customers will understand, and help us encourage other retailers, online and in-store, to take as much responsibility for their waste as we do for ours.”

Update your home recycling area with London Drugs

Neatfreak Bins and Shelf shown, with London Drugs Compost Container.

Three Steps to Recycling Success

  1. Prepare Your Recyclables – Sort by category and with limits in mind. Rinse all containers, put batteries and light bulbs into zip-top bags and make sure everything is tidy.
  2. Have a Back-up Plan – If one of your items turns out to be a non-London Drugs purchase, or your store has had to pause their drop-off services, know where your local Recycling Depot is and take your materials there.
  3. Be Kind – We really appreciate the efforts that YOU, our customers, make to bring in your recyclables. Please understand that recycling is not an easy job, and our retail staff is doing their best under these new circumstances.

So get your recyclables ready, and help us successfully restart our take-back program.

With the help of customers and staff, in 2019 London Drugs achieved an impressive overall 93% waste diversion rate, with more than 12 million pounds of waste diverted from city landfills across Western Canada.

If we all work together, we can get our recycling back up to speed faster and better.

April 21st, 2020

How do you recycle when you can’t recycle?
 5 tips for responsibly reducing waste while isolating at home.

 

We all know how important it is to stay home and ‘flatten the curve’ of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Many curbside recycling programs are still operating, but other drop-off points, such as the London Drugs in-store recycling program, are NOT currently taking back materials. So how can you responsibly manage your recycling while maintaining good isolation practice? Here are 5 tips:

1. Check Your Local Waste Services Website for Covid-19 updates
. This is where you will see the hours and policies for your curbside service and depots. Here are some links to major municipalities in Western Canada:


2. Update your Home Recycling Zone
. Choose an area of your home that is not in the way, but is easy enough to get to to be convenient. If you just have a small apartment, consider dedicating part of a closet floor or cupboard to the task. A mat or carpet tiles on the floor will help contain any spills, and a pegboard, hooks or hanging rack can offer more vertical storage space.

Here’s a video from 2019 with some great home recycling zone update ideas!


3. Choose a Bin System and Label It
. You can repurpose old containers or buckets, but a set of stackable containers or matching baskets can help the recycling zone feel like part of your home. (Using a set of bags can be a good choice for smaller spaces.) Use stickers or permanent marker to indicate which streams of recycling go where. You can also conceal your recycling bins in one decorator basket, box or cupboard. (Just make sure the whole family knows where it is!)

Update your home recycling area with London Drugs

Neatfreak Bins and Shelf shown, with London Drugs Compost Container.


4. Designate a bin for ‘Other’ Recyclable Materials. 
When your London Drugs in-store Recycling Centre opens up again, we look forward to taking your light bulbs, batteries, styrofoam, soft plastics, and more. Until then, please don’t throw them away! Use zip lock type bags to protect light bulbs and batteries. Designate a box for old cables and chargers, electronics and small appliances. And NEVER throw away old laptops or other data carrying devices. When we resume our recycling, London Drugs Tech Department will continue to offer Data Secure Recycling services.

Store recycling that you can take to London Drugs like batteries, light bulbs, electronics and more.

Store your London Drugs recyclables until in-store recycling opens up again.


Get Creative with Labels, Craft Projects and Celebrate (at home of course!)
 If you like to decorate, make the recycling area a beautiful and functional part of your home. And get the kids involved! From low, labeled baskets to fun signs and bright colours, recycling can be beautiful. 
Then gather your household together and proudly welcome your new recycling zone! Make sure everybody knows what goes where. Recycling is a team sport! Maybe you’ll even invent the next viral dance move.

Making recycling labels at home

Home Recycling Dance Party! (Household Members Only! Practice the Safe Distancing Dance!)

March 22nd, 2020

London Drugs in-store recycling services suspended until further notice.

London Drugs in-store recycling services will no longer be accepting customer recycling at our stores until further notice. Our top priority continues to be to focus on our customers and ensure that our staff and customers remain healthy and safe. We look forward to resuming recycling services when circumstances allow. In the meantime, please contact your municipal waste disposal and recycling facilities for their updates on recycling availability developments in your area.

March 10th, 2020

What are YOU recycling for Global Recycling Day, March 18, 2020?

Things you can recycle at London Drugs for #GlobalRecyclingDay

As we all become more aware of the need to reduce waste and toxins in our environment, it’s nice to know we are not alone. In fact, there is a whole global community of dedicated #RecyclingHeroes out there and this March 18, the world is celebrating World Recycling Day.

So what will YOU commit to recycling? Maybe dig into a closet and see if there are any old electronics that you won’t use anymore. Or check the junk drawer for dead batteries. Even a broken small appliance can be recycled for its materials to be recovered. If you bought any of these items at London Drugs (or are planning on replacing them with new items in the same shopping trip) your local London Drugs offers a convenient place to drop off a wide variety of recyclables, including:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, printers etc)
  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDAs and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent lights up to 4-ft
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Insurance plastic folders

So dig down deep and see if you can up your recycling game for #GlobalRecyclingDay 2020.

December 18th, 2019

The London Drugs Last-Minute Green Gift Guide

Just because you like to shop a little more sustainably doesn’t mean you are always ahead of schedule. So here is a list of 10 great greener gift ideas that you can get all in one trip to your local London Drugs.

Parkside Palo Backpack (Made from Recycled Water Bottles!) The exterior fabric of all Parkland products is made from 100% recycled water bottles. They are perfect for school supplies and come in great styles for any student on your list.

SALE $24.99 While Quantities Last


Burts Bees Products Quality hand creams, lip balm and gift sets, made with natural ingredients. The packaging on their lipsticks is even 100% recyclable.


Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Make your own soda and enjoy beverages anywhere without single-use plastic bottles. (CO2 canisters are also recyclable at your local London Drugs!)

SALE $99.99 (Reg $119.99)


Green Toys Recycling Truck Made from 100% recycled plastic – and 100% recyclable again! Quality construction for years of sustainable playtime.

SALE $19.99 While Quantities Last – In-store pickup only


Hilroy Fun Time Construction Paper Enjoy plastic-free creative play with a family classic. Sustainable Forest Industry Certified paper.

$4.49


Salt Spring Organic Coffee
 100% Organic and Roasted in Canada. Fair-trade Certified and a member of 1% for the Planet. Now THAT’S good!

SALE $9.99 (Reg. $14.99)


Joie Stainless Steel Straws Avoid single-use plastic with these high quality reusable straws. Pack of 8, cleaning brush included.

$9.99


Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola Bars 100% organic, non-GMO and made in Canada.

SALE $3.99 (Reg $4.99)


Brita Premium Water Filter Bottle Enjoy 768ml of fresh tasting filtered water on the go, with no single-use plastic bottles.

$24.99


Yeowww! Organic Catnip Why should people have all the green fun? 100% organically grown catnip for hours of feline holiday merriment.

SALE $5.19 (Reg $6.49)


Note: Sale prices on for a limited time, all products available while quantities last.

December 2nd, 2019

Three Good reasons to recycle your old batteries 
(before the holiday rush!)

Green Deal Christmas Battery

The decorations are coming out, and it won’t be long before new battery-powered devices arrive under the tree. Now is a good time to clean out the drawers of all those old batteries that are dead, dying or somewhere in between. But you should never put them in the garbage! Here are three good reasons to recycle your batteries right at London Drugs.

1. Batteries can contain toxic materials.

From toxic chemicals to heavy metals, battery recycling helps keep potentially toxic materials from entering the waste stream. Besides taking up space in landfill, improperly disposed batteries can threaten wildlife and cause unnecessary fires.

2. Many kinds of batteries can be recycled.

We usually think of the classic D, C, AA or AAA cylindrical battery first, but there are a wide variety of other types that can be recycled. London Drugs accepts “button” style batteries, rechargeable NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries and all other types of single use batteries up to 5 kg. . (For larger batteries or car batteries which are NOT accepted at our stores, check the Canadian Battery Association website and enter your postal code for the nearest drop-off point)

3. Recycling materials is easier on the environment.

Batteries contain elements like nickel, cobalt and lithium which require extensive resources to mine and process. Recycling helps reclaim these re-useable metals and chemicals from the original battery, reducing the impact and carbon footprint of sourcing virgin materials.
Once your batteries are picked up for recycling, they are sorted and materials are reclaimed for use in the manufacturing of new products, including new batteries, watches, golf clubs and small appliances.

A few notes on properly recycling your batteries:

Household batteries can be dropped off at your local London Drugs store.
Single-use (alkaline) batteries should be separated from rechargeables.
Its a good idea to protect the terminal end of rechargeable batteries with a small piece of masking tape or duct tape.

If a battery is swollen, corroded, leaking or damaged: Immediately store it in a non-flammable material such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. Then, place the battery (one per bag) in a clear sealable plastic bag and take it to your municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) recycling centre. Do not throw it in the garbage for any reason.

For more information about safe battery recycling visit Call2Recycle.ca

October 18th, 2019

Recycle Beyond the Blue Box – a Challenge a Day for Waste Reduction Week.

Most Canadians are now very familiar with local ‘Blue Box’ recycling. But there is a whole list of things NOT covered by municipal programs that you can divert from landfill. If you bought these items at London Drugs (or are replacing them with new items on the same shopping trip) you can bring them to your local London Drugs. Here are 7 ideas, one for each day of Waste Reduction Week 2019 (October 21-27)

Batteries
Batteries of any kind really shouldn’t end up in the garbage. They contain metals and chemicals that can be toxic and are actually very reusable. Alkaline, rechargeable, AA, AAA, C, D and button batteries can all be dropped off at London Drugs, and you can even bring in specialty batteries from your computer, camera, or other small electronics.

Smoke Alarms
It’s really important to replace old smoke alarms for your family’s safety. But did you know they actually contain a minute amount of radioactive material? Obviously something that should not end up in our landfills! Just bring old smoke alarms to London Drugs when you’re buying a new one and we’ll make sure they are responsibly recycled.

Computers
Not only does your computer contain valuable materials like gold, silver and platinum, it also contains your data! Bring it to London Drugs’ technical department on your next computer shopping trip for data-secure recycling. Find out more here.

Cables, Cords & Chargers
Who doesn’t have a drawer full of old attachments for electronics that have long since departed? If you don’t know what it plugs into anymore, and you are buying some new tech, bring it to London Drugs. We’ll make sure it’s recycled right.

Headphones & Speakers
These bits of electronics seem to multiply in closets and cupboards as well. Bring in any old headphones and portable speakers you bought from us and we’ll help make sure any recyclable materials are recovered.

Light Bulbs
From old incandescents to Compact Fluorescents and even LED’s, light bulbs can be recycled to recover glass, plastic, and metal, and properly dispose of any toxic materials. On your next trip to pick up light bulbs, just package up the old ones carefully in a sturdy zip-style bag or cardboard box and bring them to us. You can even bring in fluorescent tubes up to 4ft long.

Medications, Medicines and Vitamins

Whether it’s prescription pills or expired over-the-counter cough medicine, old medications should NEVER be thrown in the garbage or flushed. Water treatment systems are not designed to remove these complex chemicals, and they end up in our waterways and oceans. Bring any unwanted meds and wellness products to your London Drugs pharmacist for safe disposal.

Recycling Rules & Etiquette
Help make recycling work for everyone by following these simple guidelines:

  • Please make sure your recycling is clean
  • Household recycling only – no commercial loads or large quantities
  • Please respect our maximum quantities and any recycling centre closures

 

October 3rd, 2019

How to recycle your computer without recycling your personal data.

These days we use our computers for a lot more than writing essays and surfing the web. From family photos to names, addresses and log-in information, personal data is sprinkled throughout our hard drives. Add financial information from online purchases and banking and your old computer could be a treasure trove for identity thieves.

You can never fully erase a hard drive.

“There’s a common misconception when you reformat a hard drive that your data is completely erased,” says Jennifer Rinfret, Business Unit Manager for Technical Services at London Drugs, “Unfortunately there are technically savvy people out there with bad intent who are capable of going back into a reformatted hard drive and retrieving your personal data. You really need to fully destroy the hard drive to keep your data secure.”

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Know where your recycling goes.

Not all recyclers are the same. Security levels and processes vary widely from place to place. It can be even more dangerous to just dump a computer in the alley or garbage. “If you’re just dumping your computer anywhere to be recycled, you really are putting your data at risk.” says Rinfret. “If you want to know it’s being recycled right, bring it to London Drugs.”

London Drugs recycling can make sure your data is secure.

When you bring a data-carrying device to London Drugs technical department for recycling, our team signs it in, removes the hard drive and sends it to be destroyed, usually within 24 hours. All of our electronics recycling partners are certified and have secure processes to properly handle data-carrying technology.
“We have system checks all the way through the process to ensure your data has been destroyed,” Rinfret says, “And all electronics are broken down into raw materials right here in Canada. Come in and visit our computer department. They will take you through the steps and make sure your data is not recycled along with your technology.”

Technician disassembling a computer in Canada at eCycle, a London Drugs recycling partner.

August 27th, 2019

Sharing the Green Deal message on CityTV

London Drugs has been recycling beyond the blue box for over 10 years now, but it’s still a good news story to remind people what they can bring back to their local store for responsible recycling.
London Drugs Sustainability Specialist Raman Johal was interviewed this week and featured by CityTV reporter Andrea McPherson, along with a few of our ‘Green Hero’ customers who happened to be doing their recycling that day.
Check out the CityTV video here to find out more.

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