What can you recycle at London Drugs?

We are pleased to be able to reopen our recycling services to customers once again. As with many post-Covid operations, you will notice some changes:

We are now only accepting materials that were purchased in our stores. We hope this will encourage other retailers to follow our example and take back their products, too. We have recommended recycling limits, and your local store may close the recycling take-back from time to time. This allows us to control recycling volume and lets our staff
handle all materials as safely as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

British Columbia

Note: We are accepting the below items for recycling only if purchased at London Drugs.
Items from other sources should be taken to your local recycling depot.

  • Electronics – Computers, laptops, cell phones, TVs, cables, etc.
  • Small Appliances – Toasters, kettles, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, etc.
  • Other
    • Batteries – Alkaline, button, rechargeable
    • Light bulbs – Incandescent, CFLs, LEDs
    • Ink and toner cartridges
    • Smoke alarms
    • BRITA filters
    • Medications

Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba

Note: We are accepting the below items for recycling only if purchased at London Drugs.
Items from other sources should be taken to your local recycling depot.

  • Beverage containers
  • Plastics
    • Soft plastics – Shopping bags, bubble wrap
    • Styrofoam – Solid pieces used for packaging
  • Electronics – Computers, laptops, cell phones, TVs, cables, etc.
  • Small Appliances – Toasters, kettles, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, etc.
  • Other
    • Batteries – Alkaline, button, rechargeable
    • Light bulbs – Incandescent, CFLs, LEDs
    • Ink and toner cartridges
    • Smoke alarms
    • BRITA filters
    • Medications

Our stores reserve the right to temporarily halt recycling collection based on space limitations.

Please call your local London Drugs store to confirm if we are currently receiving recycling.

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Quantity Limits

All quantity limits are per person per day:

  • Beverage containers – 24 containers
  • Plastics – 1 grocery size bag
  • Electronics and small appliances – 1 large item or 3 smaller items
  • Batteries – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag
  • Light bulbs – Several light bulbs
  • Ink and toner cartridges – Several cartridges
  • Smoke alarms – Several alarms
  • BRITA filters – Several filters
  • Medications – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag

FAQs

Q: Why are we only accepting products purchased from LD?
A: Recycling is important to us as a retailer, as it should be for all retailers. It does come with a cost, which we need to manage by putting limits in place. By customers lobbying other retailers to deal with their own recycling, the cost is not a burden to London Drugs and our loyal customers.

Q: Why are there limits on how much recycling I can bring in?
A: Due to health and safety concerns as a result of COVID-19, we have to be mindful of the impact handling recycling has on our staff. Following required social distancing and cleanliness guidelines limits the time staff can safely empty our recycling centre and in return provide a safe experience for our customers.

Q: What am I supposed to do with my other recycling that you don’t accept?
A: You can take it to your nearest recycling depot. Locations can be found by searching “recycling depot” in your preferred search engine.