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 brought back for its materials to be recovered.

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 on your next trip 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 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 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, 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 no longer want 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. Just package them up 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

 

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.

August 6th, 2019

Where does your London Drugs recycling REALLY go?

For over 10 years London Drugs has helped people recycle beyond the blue box, taking back batteries, light bulbs, electronics, small appliances, Styrofoam and more right at the store. But recent news articles showing some pretty bad recycling have people wondering, what REALLY happens to their recycling?
So we created a video that takes everything you need to know about where London Drugs recycling goes, and condenses it down to 60 seconds. If you want to know more, scroll down for further details on specific recyclables and processes.

We do our homework. Taking back recycling for 80 stores is no small task. Raman Johal is the London Drugs Sustainability Specialist who helps keep it all running smoothly. Raman and the team research recycling companies, check accreditations, inspect facilities, and choose the best recycling organizations for each kind of material. Then they track every kilo of waste coming from every store. So you can be assured that anything you recycle with London Drugs is processed as responsibly as we can make it.


       Batteries: Our battery recycling is handled by Call2Recycle. All batteries are separated by chemistry (the two main types being rechargeable and single-use) and sent to the appropriate North American processor. There they are crushed and melted down in a huge electric-arc furnace. Metals recovered include nickel, cobalt, cadmium, lead, iron, copper and zinc. These are separated for re-manufacturing use in making stainless steel, rubber, paint and even… more batteries! Waste products are responsibly and safely disposed of according to industry and regulatory standards.


 

Light Bulbs: Our light bulb recycling is handled by Product Care. Lights are separated into their component parts including glass, metal and plastic. Hazardous materials such as mercury from fluorescent lights, are treated and properly disposed of.


Styrofoam: Styrofoam, or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), is recycled at Foam Only, a dedicated EPS recycler in Coquitlam, BC. The EPS is loaded onto conveyors, sorted, and any large contamination is removed. The material then is ground and further mechanically filtered to remover smaller contamination such as sand, cardboard and tape. The ground clean material is then densified to a 90-1 ratio. One 53-foot trailer of styrofoam will be compressed to one standard pallet of raw plastic. The pallets are then loaded into a container and shipped to plastic pellet mills or extrusion companies to be made into door moldings and picture frames.


Electronics and Small Appliances: Our electronics recycling partners include eCycle Solutions and GEEP with locations in BC and Alberta. All electronics and small appliances brought to London Drugs are disassembled in Canada, broken down into plastics, metals, glass and circuit boards. Computers and data carrying devices are tracked and all hard drives and data safely destroyed. Glass, plastic and metal are recycled or sold and shipped as commodities for re-manufacturing. Circuit boards are smelted to recover precious metals.


Hard and Soft Plastics: Plastic bags and residential hard plastics are sorted and baled. All residential plastic collected in BC is processed locally by RecycleBC. Companies like Merlin Plastics handle this material, turning it into plastic pellets for manufacturing. In this type of process, bales are opened and inspected, then material is ground up and separated in huge water tanks into ‘floatable’ and ”unfloatable material. Solid plastic pieces are heated and washed to remove labels and glue, then separated once again by density in a centrifuge. This purified plastic is then extruded and made into pellets that can be used to make new plastic products.


Paper and Cardboard: London Drugs’ paper and cardboard recycling is handled by Cascades Recovery, with sorting and baling facilities in Surrey, BC. Some of this recycling is used by Cascades to produce paper products such as 100% Recycled FLUFF toilet tissue, which we sell in our stores.

The London Drugs team really appreciates all the hard work our processors do to ensure that materials are handled safely, efficiently and economically. We also thank YOU, our recycling customers, for making the extra effort to recycle it right. So if you have recycling beyond the blue box, bring it to London Drugs, and remember these 3 steps:

  1. Learn what can be recycled in your area
  2. Clean your recyclables of any contamination, and
  3. Separate your waste properly for better recycling.

Recycling it right only takes a minute.

May 29th, 2019

Drink better water AND reduce your plastic waste; Recycle your Brita filters at London Drugs.

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London Drugs and Brita are making it easier than ever to stay hydrated sustainably. First of all, you are making a real difference by filtering your own water rather than buying it in plastic. One Brita filter can replace as many as 300 plastic bottles.

When it’s time to change the filter, just bring the old one to London Drugs and drop it off for responsible recycling. In partnership with Terracycle, Brita filters are collected and recycled into different products or manufacturer-ready raw materials. Since the launch of the program, 10,826 Brita filters have been recycled into affordable, environmentally- friendly products.

So filter out the chlorine odour and contaminants, enjoy fresher tasting water anytime and reduce your plastic footprint. Isn’t that refreshing?

Take a look at Brita pitchers, water bottles, and filters available at London Drugs.

 

 

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