December 30th, 2017

9 Recycling Resolutions we can help you keep for 2018

Some New Years resolutions fall by the wayside before noon on January first. But these nine #RecyclingResolutions are as easy to keep as dropping by your local London Drugs. So read on, and get ready to successfully reduce your waste line in 2018!

1. Recycle those Old Christmas Lights

Lights that don’t light are not garbage. They contain copper wire and other elements worth recycling (and keeping out of landfill) You can drop off any old Christmas light sets at your local London Drugs.


2. Recycle All Those Dead Batteries

Batteries contain harsh chemicals that don’t belong in our landfills. Whether you have alkaline batteries, rechargeables. ‘button’ style batteries or even special batteries for laptops or other electronics, just pop them in a bag and bring them to London Drugs for safe recycling.


3. Don’t Dump Old Electronics!

If that computer is too old for you, chances are nobody is going to want it if you leave it in the alley – and your data could be at risk. London Drugs takes back all kinds of data-carrying electronics for secure recycling including laptops, desktops, PDA’s, hard drives and more.


4. Get Rid of That Old Fat Screen

Tube-style TV’s contain large amounts of lead that can be a real danger if not disposed of properly. They are also big electricity hogs. So do yourself a favour and lose all that extra weight by recycling your old TV at London Drugs.


5. Recycle Those Old Lights.

We take back incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED’s or even fluorescent tubes up to 4ft long. Wrap them in a plastic bag, and maybe some cardboard for extra protection, and bring them to London Drugs for responsible recycling.


6. Recycle Old Media Players

IN a 4k world, are you really going to watch your old VHS movie collection? Maybe not. Bring back old VHS players, DVD players, CD changers or tape decks to London Drugs. We will help give them a new life.


7. Unload Your Old Small Appliances

A cupboard full of tangled wires and broken or energy-inefficient small appliances is no good to anyone. Except the recyclers at London Drugs. We take back any small appliance with a cord so valuable materials don’t get wasted.


8. Recycle That Old Cell Phone.

It was new once, and now it’s a brick. But the gold, platinum and other precious materials that went into its manufacture are well worth recycling. Just drop it off (along with any old cords and chargers) at your local London Drugs.


9. Recycle Your Plastic Bags

Canadians use some 15 BILLION Plastic Bags every year. Let’s resolve to keep them out of our environment. Any soft, stretchy clean plastic can be recycled with us.

There you have it – a start to a New Year of recycling and waste reduction. Don’t feel bad if you don’t stick to all of these #RecyclingResolutions, but keep trying. Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. And you have all year to help make it happen.

All the best for 2018 from the What’s the Green Deal team at London Drugs!





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.

September 22nd, 2016

London Drugs’ Cory Muir takes to the TV airwaves to talk recycling and the Regina Grasslands Fall Recycle Event .

London Drugs Manager Cory Muir talks Recycling

We are always very proud and excited when one of our own dedicated LD team members takes their passion for ‘green’ to the next level. This week it was Store Manager Cory Muir making an appearance on CTV’s Morning Live Regina, with a table full of recycling sidekicks.

What you can recycle at London DrugsCory was highlighting some of the most important recyclables to keep out of landfill, including batteries, plastic bags and CFL light bulbs. He also wanted everyone in the Regina area to know about the first annual Fall Recycle event being held at our Grasslands store on September 24th.
“We are calling out to our customers to search the garage and basement for any item we recycle,” says Muir, “We will have a person from the city of Regina at our event to talk about the blue curb side recycle bins, specifically what can be placed in the bins and how customers can recycle other items at our store.”

That’s particularly important with some of the items people may not remember to recycle.

“A lot of people forget to recycle the small things, small appliances, batteries, light bulbs and Brita water filters to name a few, and unfortunately these end up in landfills,” Muir continues. He encourages everyone to gather up their recyclables and come on down. “We have had all sorts of items come in; old wooden console TV’s; VCR tapes; and from what we understand we are also one of the few places in Saskatchewan that takes microwaves for recycling.”
So if you live in the Regina area, come say hello. And bring down some recyclables of your own.

1st Annual Fall Recycle Event

Saturday September 24th, 1-4PM

London Drugs Grasslands – 4800 Gordon Rd, Regina (306) 949-1986

What to Bring:

  • TV’s
  • VCR’s
  • Computers
  • Small appliances
  • Printers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Light Bulbs
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cell Phones
  • Small Electronics
  • Wires, Cords & Chargers
  • Hard plastics
  • Coat hangers
  • Printer cartridges
  • And more! Here’s a complete list of what we recycle


July 21st, 2015

London Drugs in Regina brings more recycling to the Grasslands


Stepping inside the spacious store in the Grasslands Mall on the south side of Regina, Saskatchewan, the size and layout are impressive – but the Recycling Centre is one of the the first things you see.

“We have had good uptake on recycling from our customers,” says Assistant Manager Michelle Pitters, “Especially for light bulbs, batteries, and for some reason, microwave ovens!”

Since London Drugs’ What’s the Green Deal program expanded to include small household appliances, customers can now easily drop off electronics, small kitchen machines, hair dryers – just about any small appliance with a cord. And it’s not even a problem if the old appliances were purchased elsewhere.

Other local resources, such as SARCAN, will also take electronics, but not microwaves – so perhaps that’s helping drive more customers to bring those items in.

The Green Deal teams at Grasslands, and the other Regina store on Prince of Wales Drive, are also proud of their local recycling connections. Light bulbs are handled by Regina’s K-Light Recyclers and the stores are also looking at local resources for helping to avoid food waste from near-expiry-date items.

Pitters encourages all Saskathewanians to go beyond their blue box with their recycling. “It’s all right here,” she says, “You can bring back a huge variety of recyclables on your regular shopping trip. We’d love to see you!”

Keeping the Grasslands waste free – now that’s the REAL Green Deal!


July 29th, 2014

Can you recycle CFL light bulbs in Saskatchewan? YES!!


One of our customers in Saskatchewan recently asked if we take back light bulbs there for recycling, specifically Compact Fluorescent units. The answer is a very bright ‘YES!’ Customers can bring in old incandescent bulbs, CFL’s, halogen lights, even fluorescent tubes up to 4 feet in length. Just visit your local London Drugs Recycling Centre or Customer Service.
So where do they go from there?
Our recycling partner for lights in Saskatchewan is K-Light Recycling in Regina. K-Light is focused on environmental lamp recycling services in their specially-equipped facility. They strive to ensure 100% of the lamp components are smelted and re-used. Materials recovered include glass, metal, plastic, mercury & phosphor powder.
So if you’re bringing in lights to London Drugs for recycling, just remember to package them up securely first. Put CFL’s in a plastic bag and preferably a box. Tape fluorescent tubes together and wrap in cardboard if possible.

March 26th, 2013

Where does London Drugs recycling go?

Circuit boards can contain gold and other precious metals – Photo: L. Craig

For most of our customers, once their recycling is dropped off, it’s out of sight, out of mind. But for London Drugs, the recycling bin is just the beginning of the process.
We do our homework, choosing recyclers who know where your materials go and what happens to them. This is especially important when it comes to electronics, which can contain some pretty hazardous materials.
So here are some quick notes on what goes where when you bring it to our big Blue Box.

Electronics – TV’s, computers, VCR’s, printers and other electronics are shipped to either GEEP (Alberta, Sask. & Man.) or E-Cycle  where they are separated into components such as plastic, glass, circuit boards, tubes, and various metals. Non-toxic materials are sorted and bundled for sale as commodities for remanufacture. Both GEEP and E-Cycle are certified through ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.
Circuit boards and TV tubes are sent to smelters where they are safely melted down and their precious metals recovered.
NO London Drugs electronics for recycling are shipped offshore unprocessed.


An Electronics Disassembly Line  – Photo: L.Craig

Small Appliances – As with electronics, all our small appliances are disassembled in Canada and separated into commodities.

Cell Phones and Batteries – These items are handled through the Call-2-Recycle program, the only free used battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Cellphones are recycled, refurbished and/or resold. When resold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to select charities. None of the broken down material makes its way into landfills. Batteries are processed at North American facilities, in BC, Ontario, Quebec and Pennsylvania, for recovery of cadmium and lithium.


Recycled Paper returns to London Drugs as products.

Paper and CardboardCascades Recovery is our partner for recycling paper and cardboard. It is sorted and bundled up at their Surrey facility and sent to Canadian mills for remanufacture into paper products. Some of our recycled cardboard even makes its way back on to store shelves as recycled toilet tissue!

Soft Plastics, Bottles and Medication Containers – These are also collected by Cascades Recovery and sent to Orbis or Merlin Plastics in Delta, BC.

Styrofoam™ – All expanded polystyrene from London Drugs packaging that customers return is sent to Foam Only in Coquitlam, BC where it is compressed for remanufacture as polystyrene. This is a process that uses no heat and releases no toxins.

Light Bulbs, CFL Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes – Compact Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, so they must be handled with care. All of our light products are recycled through the LightRecycle program, managed by ProductCare. Bulbs are crushed in a controlled environment, so all toxins are filtered out and recovered.

As you can see, recycling is a complex science that goes well beyond the Blue Box. By working with top suppliers, we are doing our best to ensure we are part of the solution, not creating new problems down the line. If you want to know more, follow us on Twitter @WTGreenDeal, or comment below. We’re happy to talk more recycling with you.

October 24th, 2011

LED. The evolution of the light bulb.

There has been a lot of noise recently about the demise of the incandescent bulb and the rise of Compact Fluorescents. In the meantime, LED bulb technology has been getting steadily better and more affordable.
Well, affordability is always relative. An LED will still likely be the most expensive bulb you have ever bought. But when you factor in their 20-year durability and the miserly bit of energy they sip over this impressive lifetime, the math makes good sense for long-term savings.

The light quality has improved as well. I tested the new Philips Ambient LED 12.5 Watt bulb and found the warm light very appealing compared to an old-school ‘cool’ CFL light I had in my vintage lamp. The Ambient LED also comes on instantly, works with dimmer switches and does not hum or buzz. An additional benefit is that it is made without mercury, so does not have the recycling or breakage issues associated with CFL’s.

But back to the long-term math. According to the mini-scientist type on the back of the Philips box, the Ambient LED will use $34.40 worth of electricity over its 25,000-hour life. A 60-watt incandescent bulb would use $165.00 worth under the same conditions.

So perhaps we are seeing an evolution of the light bulb from cheap disposable replacement item to long-term engineered part of your lighting fixtures. In other words, a light bulb you’ll unscrew and take with you when you move.

London Drugs has a selection of LED bulbs for a variety of lighting fixture types. Come in and give them a look. It might be the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.

February 16th, 2011

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, LED lights, recycling and other bright ideas.

By now you may have heard that the government is phasing out the old incandescent light bulb. In fact, retailers can no longer buy incandescents 75 watts and higher to stock shelves. That leaves most of us looking at Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL’s) or LED bulbs as a replacement. So what IS a CFL anyway? How does it differ from LED? What about recycling old bulbs, and the mercury content? We set out to answer these questions with another Green Deal video. (Spoiler alert: Yes you CAN recycle CFL’s at London Drugs!)

If you want to know more, here are a few links to some online information:
GE has a great FAQ page on CFL’s:
Here’s an info page from Health Canada, including information on how to clean up a broken CFL: