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!





September 27th, 2017

With discounts up to 40% OFF, It’s time to save money on power, Manitoba!

The Manitoba Hydro Power Smart program is a savings and rebate plan with incredible deals on high-efficiency lighting and Energy Star® Certified products that will ALSO save you money in the long run.

Go through your home and upgrade your lighting to long-lasting LED quality. With 20% – 40% OFF on a wide variety of light bulb and lighting styles, there may never be a better time.

For a look at all the bright deals available, see the chart below and check our rebate lighting selection online here.

But remember, to get your rebate you must shop in-store. So head to your local London Drugs before October 31st and stock up on Energy Star® Certified lighting for the dark winter nights ahead!


Product                    Rebate Amount

LED Bulbs

  • 20% off 40W/60W A-line
  • 40% off 100W A-line
  • 40% off specialty
  • ENERGY STAR® certified


September 27th, 2017

With product rebates up to $15, It’s time to save money on power, Alberta!

Energy Efficiency Alberta is offering a rebate program with incredible deals on high-efficiency lighting and ENERGY STAR® Certified products from September 28th to October 29th.

You can get rebates up to $2 per bulb on select LED light bulbs and $15 on select Smart Power Bars that will ALSO save you money on power bills in the long run. There may never be a better time to go through your home and upgrade your lighting to long-lasting LED quality.

For a look at the bright deals available, see the chart below and check our rebate lighting and power bar selection online here. But remember, to get your rebate you must shop in-store. So head to your local London Drugs from September 28th to October 29th, and stock up on ENERGY STAR® Certified lighting for the dark winter nights ahead!


Product                               Rebate Amount

LED Lighting (A-line) – $1 per unit (Energy Star® Certified, max. 8 units)

LED Lighting (non A-line) – $2 per unit (Energy Star® Certified, max. 8 units)

Smart Power Bars – $15 REBATE on Advanced (Smart) power bars with “master” and “slave” sockets


December 22nd, 2015

Five helpful green holiday tips from London Drugs

Recycling Santa

DECEMBER 21, 2015, RICHMOND, BC – Once Christmas morning arrives there is always the question of what to do with the wrapping and packaging. How to power your new gadgets and what to do with old electronics and appliances. Here are five green tips from London Drugs this holiday season :

1.  Recycle your packaging
Now people can actually recycle their packaging where they bought it. Our comprehensive Bring Back the Pack recycling program provides an opportunity for all packaging from London Drugs products to be properly recycled. This answers the question of what to do with the Styrofoam surrounding your brand new TV or the cardboard and plastic wrap around your new kitchen toy. London Drugs has been actively recycling Styrofoam since 2008 and has diverted over 250,000lbs of it from landfills.

2.  Recycle your old electronics & small appliances
Bring in the old electronics and appliances that were replaced over the holidays for proper recycling.  Besides electronics like TV’s, computers and video players, customers can also recycle any small appliance with a plug at their nearest London Drugs. This includes toasters, microwaves, kettles, hair dryers, curling irons, televisions, alarm clocks and even cordless phones.

3. Rechargeable Batteries
Did you receive an electronic game or toy? Consider using rechargeable batteries to extend your play, reduce waste and save money in the long run. Popular sizes are all available with compact chargers and provide a great value for those toys designed to entertain your children, big and small, for hours on end. And remember, you can bring in your old batteries for recycling to any London Drugs. For more information on Rechargeables vs Regular Batteries check out our blog article here.

4. Recycle your broken Christmas lights
A string of broken lights is not trash. It contains copper wire and other elements that are worth recycling. Old lights can be taken back to your local London Drugs store. Look for energy-efficient LED lights to replace them.

5. Donate your old cell phones and smartphones
Instead of discarding your old cell phones and smartphones; drop them off at London Drugs for proper recycling in a Call2Recycle collection box.

By working with several key vendors throughout the year London Drugs continues to achieve a 90% plus waste reduction rate in all of its stores across Western Canada.  For more information on recycling at London Drugs visit the recycling section of our website.

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

December 17th, 2013

Don’t blow your fuse! Recycle those old Christmas lights for free at London Drugs!


Photo: istock

The kids are playing catch with your grandma’s vintage tree ornaments, the dog is rolling around in tinsel and after trying 12 new bulbs, that dang string of lights still just isn’t lighting. Don’t string together a streak of language that will get you put on Santa’s naughty list. Just bring that old set of lights to London Drugs for free recycling.
While you’re there, you might want to pick up some high-efficiency LED lights. According to the US Department of Energy, they have some surprising advantages over old-style incandescent lights:

  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler, reducing risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now. (Some people I know would still have them on their house)
  • Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket. So you could create a virtual runway for Rudolph without browning out your street.

You can also save some holiday dollars off your energy bill.

Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days (a bit extreme, but you could do it…)

  • With incandescent C-9 lights: $10.00
  • With LED C-9 lights  $0.27
  • With incandescent Mini-lights $2.74
  • With LED Mini-lights $0.82

So gather up those old strings and bring them in for recycling. Less money spent on electricity means more left over for chocolate.

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:

September 3rd, 2009

Duncan Store #70 Opening showcases some bright ideas for green development.

On August 31st, I attended the opening of London Drugs’ latest store in Duncan. As usual, I was watching the proceedings with a green eye, and was pleased to see several examples of sustainable thinking.
To start with, this store is located in traditional Cowichan Tribes territory. So the evening began with a witnessing and blessing performed by elders and traditional dancers. The food was also catered by a First Nations facility, featuring numerous local delicacies. Local community involvement is an important component of the sustainability puzzle, and the respect and consideration shown here by the London Drugs team was impressive.
The store itself is constructed with a number of energy- and water-saving features. Chris Kidson, London Drugs Manager of Retail Store Development, took me through some of the highlights:

  • Sky Windows allow for natural light to be used whenever available.
  • Lighting is T-8 standard, a smaller fluorescent tube which uses less energy. The tubes themselves are Alto certified low-mercury lamps from Phillips, on a ballast system, allowing them to dim when full power is not required.
  • Lighting reflectors maximize dispersal of light from the tubes, and are manufactured locally in Maple Ridge, BC.
  • All water fixtures and toilets are low-flow models.
  • A sophisticated building management system allows for remote monitoring and maximizing of energy efficiency
  • Flooring uses BioBased Tiles from Armstrong Floors, a LEED-rated product
  • Low-VOC paints and adhesives are used throughout
  • PhotoLab features a new ‘Dry Photofinishing’ system which releases no liquid effluent

Although the green message was not the main focus of the evening, the What’s the Green Deal product signage was in place in all departments, and London Drugs’ Green Deal program was highlighted in the podium address by President and CEO Wynne Powell. It’s always reassuring to hear those priorities coming from the top.
One thing was clear – the community in Duncan had been asking for a London Drugs for some time. Here’s hoping green shoppers in the Cowichan Valley spread the word about a new local option for some of their sustainable living needs, and keep pushing to make London Drugs greener than ever.