July 7th, 2017

London Drugs announces expanded partnership with Recycle BC for recycling of plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission.

Starting July 5, 2017, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission will be as simple as a trip to London Drugs. Recycle BC (formerly Multi-Material BC) is partnering with London Drugs to offer this convenient option for residents to bring these materials to their local store for recycling. Building off a partnership established with London Drugs stores in the City of Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, this expansion involves four stores in the participating communities.

The following plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging are now accepted at London Drugs stores in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission:

  • Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers
  • White and coloured plastic foam packaging, including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons and foam cushion packaging for electronics


  • Abbotsford – #26 – 32700 South Fraser Way
  • Abbotsford – Unit L 110 – 3122 Mt. Lehman Road
  • Chilliwack – #21 – 45585 Luckakuck Way
  • Mission – #200 – 32555 London Avenue

“As new communities within our Recycle BC program, we’re excited to expand our partnership with London Drugs to offer residents of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission more options for recycling plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of Recycle BC. “We’re pleased to offer residents more options for recycling material that is not accepted in curbside recycling.”

“With the expansion to Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, London Drugs is proud to again be partnering with Recycle BC to offer a very convenient way for more consumers to recycle their plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs. “Now our customers and the greater community in these areas will be able to bring in these materials no matter where the original product packaging has originated from. Simply bring it in to your local London Drugs and we’ll ensure it is recycled properly.”
Plastic bags and overwrap are recycled into new grocery bags, plastic pallets, containers, crates, pipes, decking and park benches. Plastic foam packaging is recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts.

In addition to London Drugs locations, residents can continue to return plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging at seven other depots in these communities. A tool to find the nearest depot can be found at Recycle BC.

Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout BC, ensuring household material is collected, sorted and recycled. Plastic bags, overwrap and foam packaging are not collected at curbside because when these materials mix with other recyclables they do not separate well enough to meet the standards of North American recycling markets.

Additional items consumers can recycle at London Drugs include fluorescent lights, rechargeable and alkaline batteries, cell phones, cardboard, electronics and cartridges for printers and computers. More information on the many items London Drugs will take back for recycling can be found at www.greendeal.ca.

February 11th, 2016

Got a Great Green Friend? Send them our Video Valentine.

From the Saskatchewan Mom who brings in all her kids batteries, to the Lower Mainland team that takes care of our electronics recycling, to the kids who clean up the roadside litter in Prince George, it takes a big green village to make a difference. So we wanted to say ‘Thanks’ and show our love with this little Valentine’s Day video. If you have a special green person in your life, feel free to pass it along to them. Because sharing appreciation for everyone’s efforts, is the REAL Green Deal. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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 greendeal.ca website.

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…


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.

February 11th, 2014

Be my Green Valentine.

A Green Valentine's Day Poem

Roses are red
Recycling is green
Will you make my Valentines
A sustainable scene?

I’ll hand feed you chocolate
Every nibble Fair Trade
Brew organic coffee
Before the bed’s made

We’ll cook veggie dinners
And compost each night
Recharge our batteries
Under LED lights

When we move in
And need things for our home
I’ll take back the packaging
Even the dang Styrofoam

Old gadgets and computers
Won’t clutter our space
I’ll take them for recycling
To a responsible place

And years down the road
When our meds all expire
They’ll go back to the pharmacy
So the fish don’t get higher

Now that you know
just how I feel
Tell me our love
Is the real Green Deal

Then let’s share the earth
We don’t need to abuse it
I’ll give you my heart
If you say you’ll reuse it
L.S. Craig

January 24th, 2014

Together we have recycled over 200,000lbs of Styrofoam™!

200,000 lbs of Styrofoam, from the earth to space!

That’s equal to about 30 Million 8oz coffee cups – enough to stack from earth to the International Space Station. Thanks to our customers for Bringing Back the Pack and keep on recycling!

*Based on a single cup weight of 3 grams, for a total of 30,239,488 cups, stacked one inside the other with a .6″ rim, creating a total stack height of 457km. The ISS orbits at an average distance from the earth of between 330 and 435km. Whew!

October 21st, 2013

London Drugs Issues Waste Reduction Week Challenge: Calling all Canadians to join the waste reduction movement!

We are issuing a series of challenges during Waste Reduction Week in an effort to help Canadians work together toward ecological sustainability by conserving resources and curbing wasteful practices.

Challenge #1 (Monday, October 21): Take Recycling Beyond the Blue Box
Most people already make it part of their routine to sort their plastics, cardboard, glass and cans into their blue boxes. We challenge you to think beyond the blue box and recycle other waste including Styrofoam, candy wrappers, plastic packaging and mixed packaging. London Drugs’ Bring Back the Pack program accepts packaging that can’t be recycled through the blue bin program. Over 187,000 pounds of Styrofoam has already been diverted from landfills.

Challenge #2 (Tuesday, October 22): Reduce E-Waste
Staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest in electronics is important these days, but when you upgrade your cell phone or computer, what do you do with the old one? Throwing your electronics in the garbage can have damaging effects on the environment due to levels of lead, mercury, chromium and arsenic, which are toxic to humans and wildlife. With 140,000 tonnes of e-waste dumped into our landfills annually, there’s reason for concern. Cell phones can easily be recycled through the national Recycle My Cell program, or you can bring them into any London Drugs location. Programs like Free Geek will take any computers, monitors, or laptops and they distribute working computers volunteers and other non-profits, so you’ll have two reasons to feel good about recycling your old laptop!

BRITA-filter-recycling-London-DrugsChallenge #3 (Wednesday, October 23 rd): Divert and Reduce Beverage Container Waste
Beverage container waste is a problem that is not only affecting our landfills, but is clogging up our oceans with debris that is lethal to marine life. Floating along the North Pacific, a ‘Trash Vortex’ the size of Texas carries plastic waste in and among marine ecosystems, where animals may get caught in plastic rings and bottles, or ingest plastic pieces as they break down. You can prevent this harmful waste by switching to green options which avoid the use of excessive amounts of plastic or aluminum. Just one Brita Water Pitcher Filter can replace as many as 300 standard water bottles (and you can recycle the filters too)! If you’re looking for carbonated beverages, try switching to Soda Stream , which allows you to make everything from carbonated water to your favourite soft drinks…without the can or bottle waste.

wtgd_poster_lo-resChallenge #4 (Thursday, October 24th): Make greener purchase decisions
You want to make greener choices, but sometimes you just need some help making them! The next time you’re in London Drugs, see if you can spot ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ signs in the aisles. These will help you find products that have real environmental benefits, from recycled content, to certified organic production, and many other eco-attributes. You’ll find the signs on all kinds of items, like paper yard waste bags, which are made from raw materials that are biodegradable. Look for them and find out how you could be shopping a little greener.

Challenge #5 (Friday, October 24th):Be #WasteWise365
Being waste wise isn’t just something you do for one week; it’s something that should be part of your lifestyle, 365 days of the year! We want to know how you plan to help reduce waste year-round. After all, these simple little things can make a big impact over the course of a whole year.

Share with us on Twitter or Facebook using #WasteWise365 for your chance to win a $300 London Drugs gift card so you can start shopping a little greener and save some green too! Good luck to all of you; we look forward to seeing how you are starting a waste wise and sustainable lifestyle!

June 6th, 2013

London drugs’ recycling efforts recognized with an Emerald Award

emerald-award-mccauslandThank you to the Alberta Emerald Foundation for recognizing our recycling efforts with an Emerald Award! We are truly honoured, and very proud of this award.

London Drugs received top honours for our ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ program and corporate recycling efforts at the 2013 Emerald Awards held June 6 in Edmonton, AB. Taking home the ‘waste wise’ prize in the large business category, London Drugs was one of 32 finalists out of a record number of nominations from across Alberta this year.

Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations, was in Edmonton to accept the award.

“London Drugs has stewarded environmental efforts for a number of years, and we have made strides through our waste diversion programs,” said McCausland. “It’s truly an honour to be recognized for these efforts. It’s not only a testament to our team of employees who all aspire to make a difference, but also our loyal customers who care to participate in the recycling programs we offer.”

Thank you to all our staff and customers who have worked hard to be waste wise. Your continued participation in the recycling programs is outstanding, and we proudly share this award with all of you.

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.

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