April 22nd, 2021
February 19th, 2021
On National Battery Day 2021 (Feb 18th) we were delighted to learn that Call2Recycle had given London Drugs a Leader in Sustainability Award for our efforts in collecting batteries for responsible recycling. With almost 50,000kg of batteries collected, that’s like diverting a whole semi truck and trailer weight of waste from landfill!
“We are honoured to be recognized by Call2Recycle as a Leader in Sustainability for the 10th year in a row,” says London Drugs Sustainability Specialist Raman Johal, “Batteries can be incredibly harmful to the environment when thrown in the garbage. We operate our battery recycling program so that customers have a convenient way to safely dispose of their used batteries, and London Drugs customers have really stepped up. So we share this award with them.”
Thanks to customer and staff efforts, London Drugs helped Call2Recycle collect a staggering 4.1 million kilograms of batteries in 2020 – that’s an increase of 1 million kg over 2019! Call2Recycle is London Drugs’ battery recycling partner, and is Canada’s largest, most reliable battery recycling program. To date they have recycled over 26 million kg of batteries across Canada.
January 22nd, 2021
Now that we’re past the first few weeks of the New Year and our Old Year habits may be sneaking up on us, it’s a good time to look at some great plant-based choices that can help keep our healthy living goals on track.
Plant-based foods can also help reduce our environmental footprint, with reduced emissions and water use compared to other forms of protein production.
Below are a few product highlights. Check out londondrugs.com/veganuary/ for the full list of vegan products and savings! (Note, some of these featured brands also nave non-vegan options, so be sure to check your labels!)
Cereals and Day-Starters
Begin Your Morning Right! Choose whole grains, organic production and the reduced carbon footprint of local manufacturing. Yum!
Holy Crap! Cereal Did you know there is a connection between your gut and your mind? This line of high-fiber, plant-based superseed cereals helps you maintain good gut health with three chief ingredients – chia, buckwheat and hulled hemp seeds – that are ancient seeds with superfood status! Plus it’s made right here in BC and is Certified Canada Organic.
New World Granola This no-nonsense granola is another Certified Canada Organic product made here in BC. It comes in three flavours: Tropical Fruit & Nut, Almond Cashew and Pumpkin Flax.
Nature’s Path Qi-a Cereals Nature’s Path is a BC-based family company that has grown to become North America’s largest organic cereal maker. They have an amazing selection of gluten-free Qi’a cereals, all of which help support their vision of helping organic land and farmers prosper.
The Chai Company Organic Authentic Chai Enjoy the smooth balanced flavor of Authentic Chai lovingly prepared using their unique slow-brewed method.
Go For Some Greener Ingredients
Make your own great meals even better with organic choices from top-quality companies.
Everland Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Expeller pressed and naturally refined, with a neutral taste which makes it perfect for cooking or blending.
Konjac Organic Thai Style Noodles Konjac is a low calorie, high fibre root vegetable that has been eaten in Japan for centuries. These noodles are made without wheat or soy using organic konjac, which is naturally free of gluten, carbs, fat, sodium and sugar.
Indianlife Coconut Cashew Sauce From the Southern Region, this mellow, all natural sauce has the sweetness of coconut with a creamy cashew crunch.
Liviva Pasta Shake up your routine with this amazing variety of pastas made from black bean, shiritake, edamame and soybean, some with added oat fibre.
Hellman;s Vegan Dressing & Sandwich Spread A vegan take on the classic.
OK, even a New Year is not always going to be 100% nutritional perfection. So if you’re going to snack, here are some greener ways to go about it.
Solar Raw Kale Chips Raw, gluten-free, vegan and made in Canada. It can’t get much better than that.
Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips Perfect for nachos, dipping or just a food group all to themselves.
Earth’s Own Oat Milk Choose Fair-Trade chocolate, Vanilla or Barista varieties – all made with Canadian non-GMO oats, using 7X less water in production than regular milk.
Everland Organic Coconut Chocolate Bark A vegan snack made with organic ingredients, 70% dark chocolate and coconut.
October 19th, 2020
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.
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
- 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
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.
Customers can recycle the following items (with quantity limits below) originally purchased at London Drugs:
- Soft plastics – Plastic bags, shopping bags, etc.
- Beverage containers
- Ink and toner
- Light bulbs
- Smoke alarms
- BRITA filters
- 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.”
Three Steps to Recycling Success
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Victoria / Capitol Region District
- RecycleBC Other Municipalities List
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!)
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.
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.
March 22nd, 2020
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
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
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
SALE $99.99 (Reg $119.99)
SALE $19.99 While Quantities Last – In-store pickup only
SALE $9.99 (Reg. $14.99)
SALE $3.99 (Reg $4.99)
SALE $5.19 (Reg $6.49)
Note: Sale prices on for a limited time, all products available while quantities last.
December 2nd, 2019
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