July 30th, 2015

How DO you recycle Styrofoam™, anyway?

When London Drugs began taking back its packaging and recycling expanded polystyrene (better known by one of its trade names, Styrofoam™) it was a challenge. The stuff is bulky and requires specific equipment to process. But in its condensed form, its actually a valuable commodity.

Our recycling partner, FOAM ONLY, has made a business out of recycling this much-maligned packaging material, and we went inside their Coquitlam, BC plant to find out more.

So the next time you bring back Styrofoam™ to recycle from one of your London Drugs purchases, you can rest easy knowing its not going to be polluting our environment or hogging landfill space. It will have another life, somewhere down the road.

And you won’t even have to deal with the squeaking…


March 2nd, 2012

London Drugs store diverts 89% of waste from landfill with Cascades Recovery, and helps close the recycling loop.

Every London Drugs store recycles as much as possible – cardboard, plastic wrap, cans & bottles, etc – along with all the materials our customers bring in, but London Drugs store #9 in Guildford, Surrey, has pushed its recycling to new heights.

Cascades Recovery has developed a handy sorting system that lets our stores more efficiently handle plastics, containers and cardboard to maximize recovery rates. In a recent pilot project, we tracked recovery of waste from four of our stores. They all increased their diversion rate, but Guildford was the hero of the day.

“It’s a great program”, says London Drugs administrator of retail operations Maury McCausland. “Our employees separate recyclables at the store into colour coded bags so separation is easy once the materials get to the plant. This sort of program will help us achieve our target rate of 95% waste diversion from all of our stores by 2015.”

Cascades Recovery offers another green connection as well. They are part of the Cascades Specialty Products Group, manufacturers of the Cascades line of recycled paper products, including bathroom tissue and paper towels sold at London Drugs.

“This means that when a customer brings back cardboard packaging to London Drugs for recycling, they could eventually be buying paper products from us that contain some of that same material.” McCausland continues. “That’s pretty exciting.”

August 29th, 2011

London Drugs stores now recycling up to 88% of their waste.

One of London Drugs’ main green objectives is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This is no small task. (If you have taken on the challenge of recycling in your own home, imagine doing it for an entire retail store!) Fortunately, our employees are up to the challenge, and all of our stores are now diverting a significant amount of waste from landfills. Two of our BC stores, Coquitlam and Delta, have set the bar quite high indeed, each diverting an impressive 88% of their waste to recycling programs.

“It is truly a team effort to ensure that we recycle and re-use.” Says one Coquitlam employee. “We have several “green champions” within the store, who assist in separation of waste and recycled materials before shipping to ensure that nothing “gets through”. In particular, our receivers are highly educated in this process and have taken personal ownership of our recycling system.”
But this recycling achievement is more than just a feel-good story. According to calculations from our waste hauling partner, each store has conserved the equivalent of over 600 mature trees, saved over 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 88 metric tonnes.
That’s a pretty good grade.