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!





March 1st, 2017

Daylight Savings BACON! An easy way to remember to check your smoke alarms and recycle those old batteries at London Drugs.

People like bacon a lot more than they like maintaining smoke alarms. So at daylight savings time, while we spring ahead, think BACON and remember to test your smoke detectors, change the batteries and recycle at London Drugs. Not only does your local LD store take back all types of alkaline and rechargeable batteries, we can also safely recycle your old smoke alarm if it fails the test. (This is especially important as smoke alarms can actually contain small amounts of radioactive material)

Then, treat yourself to… BACON! (Extra crispy!)


January 31st, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle at London Drugs

You probably recycle the basics. But there are some things you might not have thought of that you can get out of your closets and keep out of the landfill. Check out this video of one of our new Recycling Centres surprising a few shoppers at our Cambie St. Store in Vancouver. Then check the list below to see what YOU can recycle on your next trip to London Drugs.

Smoke alarm recycling at London Drugs1. Smoke Alarms – After a while they stop working. Or maybe you upgrade to newer technology. Whatever the reason, if you end up with an old smoke alarm IT SHOULD NEVER GO IN THE LANDFILL! Smoke alarms actually contain very small amounts of radioactive material, and this should always be recycled responsibly. Bring it to your local LD store and we’ll take care of it.

Recycling a Vacuum Cleaner at London Drugs2. Your Old Vacuum Cleaner – When it no longer sucks, bring it to London Drugs. Our recycling partner breaks the units down and recycles them responsibly. In fact, London Drugs takes back any kind of small appliance with a cord. (Here’s me getting rid of an old clunker and buying a sweet new Dyson!)

3. Microwave Ovens – Yes, London Drugs takes these appliances, too. No, it probably WON’T get picked up if you just leave it in the alley.

VHS tapes recycling4. Old VHS Tapes – When that old copy of Gone With The Wind is finally toast, bring it to London Drugs. We make sure old media finds a new life as waste-to-energy instead of taking up landfill space. (Limits per customer per visit may apply – ask at your local LD store) Bring in the old VHS player too, if you like. We recycle all sorts of electronics as well.

recycling old cables and chargers5. Cords, Cables and Chargers – Who doesn’t have a drawer containing some old, unidentified electronic spaghetti? It all contains copper, plastic and electronic components that can be recovered. Bring it on.

Find out more at – You can recycle all sorts of stuff at London Drugs without making an extra trip to the depot.

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!

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…


April 25th, 2014

Green Heroes Medals forged from recycled circuit boards, merging beauty and recyclability.


When we decided to create some medals of recognition for our Everyday #GreenHeroes video and recognition campaign, we knew they had to be special. So we sent our Green Deal craftsman out to Sims Recycling, to source some actual recycled circuit boards for the medal bases. Each was hand cut and sanded, then mounted with a laser-etched Green Heroes disc.

Lorne Craig at Sims Recycling

Lorne Craig at Sims Recycling

The individual circuit boards came primarily from hard drives and computer motherboards, and each is unique and beautiful in its own way.

“My favourite is the one actually marked ‘Apple Computer’, coming from a 2001-era machine,” says Green Deal video host Lorne Craig, “I may have actually used one of these computers back in the day!”

Check out the Vine video below to see the metal jigsaw blade cutting through the boards in ultra-slow-motion. And watch as we hand out medals and gift cards in our Everyday #GreenHeroes contest for Earth Month 2014.

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:

December 20th, 2010

What do you get at the last minute for the person who has everything green?

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
These bars are so stylish you don’t even need to wrap them. Try the mint-filled bar for a classic festive flavour, or the 85% cocoa version for the true dark chocolate connoisseur. If you can’t decide, go for the Mini Bar Collection. One bar a month for the whole year. Or 12 hours of outright green gluttony.

Fair Trade, Organic Coffee
London Drugs has a great selection of certified brands – Saltspring, Ethical Bean, Farmers First, Kicking Horse – from decaf to high-test. Not sure what the difference is with Fair Trade? Check out our video on Ethical Bean.

Batteries Included
Whoever is on your list, chances are they have something that runs on batteries. Rechargeables are definitely the way to go. Do the math and you’ll see that they really are much cheaper than disposables (as long as you don’t accidentally dispose of them, of course) and newer technology means they last a long time and power even high-energy devices like digital cameras. Remember you can bring old rechargeables and regular alkaline cells back to us for responsible recycling.

The Tea Room Organic Green Earl Grey Tea Infused Dark Chocolate
Organic tea is nice. Organic tea-infused chocolate is luxurious. The flavour is delicate and different. Perfect for the tea-lover on your list who is probably tired of getting nothing but teas.

Que Pasa Organic Corn Tortilla Chips
Okay, this is actually more of a holiday snack idea. These Que Pasa Tortilla Chips are really good, certified organic and are cooked in non-GMO pressed canola oil. They even come in a festive red corn version that will look great on the table next to the green holly centerpiece. And what the heck – you could give them as a gift… a big crunchy gift.

Planet Earth DVD
This is an amazing 4-disc series, shot in HD, available in DVD or Blu-ray 550 minutes of some of the most amazing scenery and animals our planet has to offer, narrated by David Attenborough. It’s the green equivalent of watching football all Christmas day.

Panasonic VIERA 58-Inch 1080P Plasma TV
Perhaps not as green as a pair of organic cotton fair-trade boxer briefs, but even the most ardent environmentalist would be secretly happy to see this behemoth flat box under the tree. The Panasonic VIERA 58-Inch mercury and lead-free screen panel lasts up to 100,000 hours. (That’s 10,917 straight viewings of the entire Planet Earth DVD set) And of course, since you bought it from London Drugs, your green giftee can bring back all the packaging, including styrofoam, and even their old fat-screen for free responsible recycling. Just make sure you give them the receipt to show at customer service. You can always black out the price if you want to keep this 58″ gift discreet.

April 20th, 2010

Green Deal Products for Earth Day are as close as your local LD!

I went down to my local London Drugs (Store #4, Broadway & Cambie, Vancouver) to help build a Green Deal products display for earth day. Did a little shopping, had a little fun, made a little video.
You may be surprised how many green products London Drugs carries – and this video by no means shows all of them.
So if you know anyone who likes to shop green, why not send them this link? It’s a good Green Deal for everybody!

Lorne Craig

April 6th, 2010

Are you a Styrofoam Hater? Bring Back the Pack!

Here’s episode 2 of the What’s the Green Deal webisode series, where I get to rant about one of my least favourite substances. Fortunately, if you buy your styrofoam-encased products at London Drugs, there is a responsible recycling solution – Bring Back the Pack! Please pass this link around to any other styrofoam haters you know so we can keep our landfills as foam-free as possible! Oh, and if you want to know more about what happens to the styrofoam in the recycling process, you can find out right here.

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