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.

Local charities, Neighborlink and Goods Trading Services together reusing 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.

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London Drugs aims to double recycling during earth month

Retailer applauds everyday green heroes who helped keep over 10 million pounds of waste out of landfills in the last year

VANCOUVER, B.C. – London Drugs today announced aggressive recycling goals for Earth Month aiming to double the amount of materials recycled in stores over April last year.

“More than 52,000 kilograms of waste including electronics, Styrofoam, cardboard and other materials were recycled in stores last April. This year we hope to see a 100 percent increase,” says Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations and Sustainability for London Drugs.

With many Canadians taking part in spring cleaning during the month of April it is a perfect opportunity for customers to collect their old electronics, light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and other recyclable items and drop them off at any London Drugs location.

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London Drugs’ recycling efforts recognized with an emerald award

emerald-award-mccauslandCanadian Retailer Receives Top ‘Waste Wise’ Prize in Alberta

London Drugs received top honours for their ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ program and corporate recycling efforts at the 2013 Emerald Awards held Thursday night in Edmonton.

Taking home the ‘waste wise’ prize in the large business category, the company was one of 32 finalists out of a record number of nominations from across Alberta this year.

“London Drugs has stewarded environmental efforts for a number of years, and we have made strides through our waste diversion programs,” said Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations for London Drugs. “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.”

In the 1980s, London Drugs was one of Canada’s first retailers to offer its customers the opportunity to recycle plastic shopping bags. Since then, recycling solutions and the list of items and materials that London Drugs recycles has grown substantially – now more than 74 per cent of the company’s waste is recycled or repurposed, instead of going to landfill.

Since the 2008 launch of London Drugs’ educational ‘What’s the Green Deal’ program and the support from its staff and customers, London Drugs now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including: Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals.

“We offer customers in-store recycling that goes beyond what is mandated by regulations. We work with our buyers and suppliers to improve our product sustainability, and we communicate with our customers in-store and online with a dedicated website, blogs, videos and social media,” adds McCausland. “We are proud of the achievements of our employees and customers in reducing waste, but we realize the journey to sustainability is one that never ends. That’s why ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ is a question we will continue to ask ourselves, even as we endeavor to answer it.”

London Drugs’ overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. And individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all London Drugs stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015.

In Alberta, the Oliver Square West store in Edmonton posted an impressive 93% recycling rate. This success story can be read here.

The company also continues to look for ways to help green the communities they operate in. Most recently, London Drugs partnered with Green Calgary to reduce the ‘waste hangover’ of a popular Stampede breakfast in Calgary.

To see what products can be recycled through London Drugs, or to learn more about these eco-friendly services and products visit the What’s The Green Deal? website at http://www.greendeal.ca

Another recycling first for London Drugs

London Drugs is the first major retailer in Canada to introduce recycling collection boxes for all beauty packaging and chocolate wrappers.

London Drugs, a leading general retailer in Western Canada, is now offering consumers a chance to recycle their used beauty packaging and chocolate wrappers at all 75 of their stores. The recycling program is in partnership with leading recycler and upcycler TerraCycle, and current TerraCycle program partners, Garnier and Nestlé.

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What’s the deal with the Green Deal?

If I was going to rank myself on a scale of 1 to 10 on how “green” I am, I’d give myself a solid 6. I would be an 8 if I wasn’t clinging (for some reason) to two old cell phones and a drawer full of dead batteries. I should get a 10 for knowing I can do better!

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Tech Talk – How to recycle your old computer while maintaining privacy


Julian Sanders from London Drugs shows us how to recycle an old computer and still maintain our privacy.

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