September 20th, 2017

Community Cleanup Recycles Loud and Proud at Royal Oak London Drugs in Calgary!

It was a beautiful September morning when the first cars started rolling into the parking lot, loaded with recycling for the annual Community Cleanup.
The London Drugs Community Trailer was on hand playing vinyl records and doing sound demos to keep the energy up. People brought everything from metal to electronics to Styrofoam to kids car seats, and the results were spectacular. Here are just some of the stats:

  • 3 skids of Styrofoam
  • 32lbs of Light Bulbs
  • 33lbs of Toner
  • 66 lbs of soft plastic
  • 49lbs of hard plastic
  • 185lbs of batteries.
  • E-cycle solutions filled one whole truck, dropped off and came back for more recycled electronics
  • Salvation Army filled two trucks full of clothing donations and usable household items
  • The Syrian refugee support group took in almost 50 bikes that were in good repair and can be re-used
  • Kidseats Car Seat recycling took in 14 car seats to recycle.

“This has grown into a very big event at our location,” says Store Manager Pat Tonner, “We received many positive comments from customers, they were quite surprised that they could recycle their Styrofoam during this event, and bring back packaging whenever they shop at London Drugs. We definitely want to keep getting the word out about our recycling.”

Congratulations to the whole team at Royal Oak. You are the real Green Deal!

For information on what you can recycle at your local London Drugs, go to to find out more.

May 26th, 2017

Save on LED bulbs now. Save on electricity for decades. Upgrade today with instant rebates from Energy Efficiency Alberta at London Drugs!

Alberta Efficiency Lighting Rebate

There’s no question that LED bulbs use less energy, last longer and save you more on electricity. Now, thanks to Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Instant Savings campaign— April 28 until June 11—Albertans can save instantly on these energy-efficient bulbs at London Drugs.

Energy Efficient LED Green Deal productChoose from a wide range of LED bulb sizes and formats and save between $3 and $8 on each. Residential customers receive these rebates on up to 25 LED bulbs of each type, so you can upgrade your whole house.

Energy STAR* LEDs and fixtures have an extended lifetime of 25,000 hours or more. They’re also instant-on, don’t contain any mercury, and many are compatible with dimmer switch technology. Click here to see the wide range of bulb sizes and savings available.

And don’t forget, you can bring back old light bulbs right to your local London Drugs for responsible recycling – incandescent, CFL and even fluorescent tubes up to 4 feet long.

Visit our Efficiency Alberta web page, browse through, or just stop by your local London Drugs to find out more.

June 16th, 2016

YOU can help stop FOOD WASTE! Here are 5 things we can all do!



Ontario-based consulting firm Value Chain Management International (VCMI) Study –

Quest Food Exchange –

Alberta Food Bank –


Canadians waste $31 billion in food each year.* When that food decomposes in a landfill, it creates methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. So our environment pays the ultimate price. It’s up to us all to do what we can to make food waste history.

Where food waste comes from:*

  • Consumers – 47%
  • Retail – 10%
  • On Farm – 10%
  • Processing, Transport & Distribution – 24%
  • Restaurants & Hotels – 9%

What YOU can do:

1. Compost your Food Scraps Vancouver treats food waste as “a resource,” says Carrie Hightower, a technical adviser in Metro Vancouver’s zero-waste implementation program, sending it to commercial composters like Harvest Power where an anaerobic digester converts organic waste into green energy.

2. Switch to smaller dishes and portions  The standard plate is up to 36% larger than it was 50 years ago!*** So while 6 oz of pasta on an 8” plate looks reasonable, the same 6 oz on a 12” plate may look more like an appetizer.

3. Give uneaten Food a second chance Put that old banana in a smoothie. Make vegetable soups, or try your hand at freezing & home canning!

4. Never waste water-intensive foods such as meat Throw away that burger and you’re wasting more than just food. Producing 1 kg of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing 1 kg of grain protein!**

5. Try the FoodKeeper App to help keep track of expiry dates This handy little app gives you information on food storage times, helping organize your meals to make the best of food you have.

What is London Drugs doing about Food Waste?

Every store has a program in place, with connections to multiple organizations across Western Canada.
In small rural communities or single markets we work with local charities, food banks or churches. If that’s not an option, items are returned to our distribution centre and forwarded to one of our larger partners.

In BC we partner with Quest Food Exchange, whose goal is ‘reducing hunger with dignity’. Unusable items are put into an organics recycling program.

In Alberta we partner with the Alberta Food Bank in Edmonton and Calgary. These fine groups also provide education and support, like nutritional seminars and kitchen classes.

More towns & cities are creating infrastructure for organics recycling. We are happy to share our knowledge and learning with any organizations or agencies involved in reducing food waste.

In the first quarter of 2016, we diverted or gave out over 72 Tons of food!

Learn more. Visit our website for blogs, videos, articles and products that help you live a little greener.

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!


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

April 28th, 2015

First Green Calgary Rain Barrel Sale of the Season a Huge Success !


Calgarians are making a big difference, significantly decreasing water consumption

On April 18th, London Drugs hosted Green Calgary for the first Rain Barrel & Composter Sale of the season. We are thrilled to announce that it was a sellout event with a record 161 rain barrels and 32 composters sold.

It’s inspiring to see so many Calgarians changing their behaviour towards water consumption and together we are making a big difference! Despite seeing the largest population increase on record in 2014 – 38,508 new people – total water consumption decreased 2.1 billion litres from 2013.

Every rain barrel helps conserve even more. It’s not too late to get yours!

Upcoming London Drugs Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, May 30, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs – 3545-32 Ave NE

Sat, June 13, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Royal Oak – 500-8888 Country Hills Blvd NW

Sat, June 20, 9AM-12PM
London Drugs Brentwood – 3630 Brentwood Rd NW

Other Locations and Rain Barrel Event Dates:

Sat, April 25, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Oakridge – 70-2580 Southland Drive SW

Sat, May 2, 9AM-12PM
Truckload, Crowfoot RONA – 90 Crowfoot Way NW

Sat, May 9, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Transcanada – 510-16 Ave NE

Sat, May 23, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Signal Hill – 5735 Signal Hill Ctr SW

Sat, June 6, 9AM-12PM
First Calgary Shawnessy – 110-70 Shawville Blvd SE

All proceeds from the sales go to support Green Calgary’s programs that are dedicated to empowering people to create healthy homes, workplaces, and communities.

October 1st, 2014

RRROCA Community Cleanup a Huge Success! Over 4,500 pounds of electronics and other items diverted from the City of Calgary’s landfills


On September 20, 2014 the communities of Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak participated in a Community Cleanup sponsored by The City of Calgary and London Drugs.

The parking lot of London Drugs Royal Oak was turned into a recycling party with music playing, a Community Appreciation BBQ serving up hot dogs, and a steady stream of recyclers from the community dropping off items at the different charity and recycling stations.

LD-cleanup2Local charities, Neighborlink and Goods Trading Services together reused a whole truck load of clothes, household goods, furniture and toys – all being donated to families in need. Habitat for Humanity also collected remnants from renovation projects for use in future construction.

Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) took 4640 pounds of electronics recycling – computers, television, VCRs, printers filled 12 cages to the brim.

June 17th, 2014

Another Everyday Green Hero recognized, in Calgary!

A few weeks ago, the Royal Oak London Drugs (Store 68) presented an Everyday Green Hero medal to Pam Nichol; a green champion in her community. Besides being a busy mom who recycles and composts, Pam is a tireless volunteer whose recent accomplishments include working with Green Calgary to reduce waste at the Royal Oak / Rocky Ridge Stampede Breakfast. ShawTV covered Pam’s story and the Everyday Green Hero medal presentation – check out the video to see what being the Real Green Deal is all about.

And stay tuned as London Drugs is sponsoring the greening of the breakfast again this year and is also working with Pam on a Community Cleanup initiative in September.

June 10th, 2014

Quick Tips for Greening Your Neighbour Day Event


To celebrate how Calgarians came together after the worst flood in its history, many communities will be hosting celebrations on Neighbour Day, June 21st. The flood created an estimated one year’s worth of garbage in Calgary in only a few hours. So when you are planning your commemorative event – or  any backyard BBQ or block party – it’s important to think about minimizing the waste.
Here are a few of the ways you can green your event:

non-paper-platesMake It a BOYD Party

If you’re hosting a BBQ or potluck party, an easy way to reduce the amount of waste created is to ask your neighbours to bring their own dishes. “This not only helps reduce the amount of waste being thrown away at the end, but it also saves you some money and cleanup,” says Louise Daly, Manager of Events with Green Calgary. It’s also important to have some disposable plates on hand in case people forget to bring their own. World Centric sustainable and compostable fibre plates are a great green option. They are made from wheatstraw fiber – an annually renewable resource – and they are soak proof.

Have a Dishwashing Station

If your neighbours are on-board with bringing their own dishes, have a dishwashing station that allows them to clean up their plates, cutlery, and cups afterwards so that you can minimize the mess. All you’ll need is dish soap, a few wash tubs and some wash cloths and you’ll be all set for your eco-friendly potluck or barbeque!

Choose Green Food & Beverage Options

Food and beverage are a big part of any event, but they can create a lot of waste. To keep your community space clean after the big party, Green Calgary recommends opting for food and beverage items that minimize waste – this can be a wide variety of things, from providing tap water instead of bottled water to serving drinks and condiments in bulk form.  Asking your neighbours to bring their own reusable water bottle  and provide jugs of tap water instead of individual disposable bottles for re-filling.

Recycle & Compost Leftovers

Set up waste stations at your event that include recycling and compost bins in addition to garbage bins; this way, your community can recycle and compost as much as possible. If you use compostable dishware like fibre plates, be sure to let your neighbours know they can go in the compost bins. Bag to Earth food waste bags  are made from all natural materials and are designed to disappear fully into the earth: perfect for disposing of food scraps and other compostable materials at your party.

Since the 2008 launch of  What’s the Green Deal, London Drugs now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including over a million kilograms of electronics and devices, and over 200,000 pounds of Styrofoam.