Join the London Drugs #GreenHeroes this Earth Day

Finding environmentally-friendly options for everything is at the forefront of our mind when we make decisions these days. Our children, and their children will be living in the world we leave behind so even small steps in the right direction are steps towards a better future.

London Drugs understands this and has become an industry leader with their implementation of a very impressive recycling program.

Taken from the London Drugs website:

  • In the last 5 years London Drugs diverted 170,000 lbs of Styrofoam from landfills – over 125 semi-trailer truckloads full – recycling it as a commodity to be reused in manufacturing.
  • In 2012, London Drugs collected and helped to recycle 32,711 kilograms of used alkaline batteries and 7,265 kilograms of rechargeable batteries and cell phones.
  • London Drugs will be performing Waste Audits on all of their stores over the next few years. Their goal is to increase their waste diversion to 95% by Dec 2015

We tried out their recycling program last week by purchasing products at London Drugs and then participated in the Bring Back the Pack program.

London Drugs Bring Back the Pack Recycling Program

I visited our local London Drugs with my husband and preschooler to purchase some items we needed. I picked up some Cascades toilet paper (which is 100% recycled, so I’m happy that London Drugs carries this brand), and a cover for my ironing board. My husband picked a USB stick, and my daughter picked a Monsters University car with Mike.

London Drugs Purchase for Recycling Post

London Drugs will take back all the packaging from any of their products for recycling, including hard and soft plastics, plastic wrap, cardboard, and even styrofoam. They may want to see proof of purchase when you bring it back (simply because they cannot accept unlimited quantities).

London Drugs Recycling Program

TIP: I found the easiest way to keep everything together was to keep the London Drugs bag my stuff came in, leave the receipt in the bag, and then put the packaging back into the bag when I opened each of the packages.

There are many other things that London Drugs accepts for recycling as well. I decided to bring back some old cassette tapes I still had lying around since my childhood (even though I have no means of playing them now). London Drugs will also accept VHS tapes, and other old recordable media, with the purchase of a similar type of recordable media product. We had purchased the USB stick which I thought was the modern equivalent, so my cassette tapes went in the bag too.

London Drugs Accepts Cassettes as part of their recycling program

London Drugs also accepts expired medications to prevent them from ending up in landfills and then polluting the environment and water supply. I had some dating back to 2009 in the medicine cabinet, so I had quite a bag full of stuff to recycle. London Drugs will incinerate the expired medications and recycle the packaging free of charge.

I took my bag of recycling goodies to the Customer Service desk at London Drugs. That’s where they have the “Recycle and you could WIN” ballot box so you can enter right there when you bring in your recyclables. The attendant at Customer Service took all the packaging from my purchases, then directed me to the Electronics department to drop off my cassette tapes, and the Pharmacy department to drop off my expired medications.

London Drugs recycles old prescriptions

When bringing back old VHS and cassette tapes, a London Drugs employee filled out a form that I signed, stating that I agreed to dispose of the media that may contain personal information. The Pharmacist took my expired medications with no questions asked and thanked me for bringing them in.

Overall, bringing back my recycling took a little less than 10 minutes (including time to snap some photos). It’s quick and painless and good for our earth – plus right now you can win free stuff! Doesn’t get much better than that!!

What’s the first thing you would bring back to London Drugs to recycle to enter the Giveaway and be a Green Hero?

London Drugs is trying to double their recycling efforts for Earth Month, so you can WIN a $250 gift card, or a GRAND PRIZE of a $1500 electronics pack by bringing back your recycling, or taking a selfie with things you recycle. Details about this promotion and a link to enter can be found at

Disclosure: A London Drugs gift card was provided to facilitate this post. Opinions are not influenced.


About Judith

Judith is a mother to an angelic little girl, wife to a visual artist, sister to a breast cancer survivor, designer/ musician/ writer, and self-proclaimed ecoholic. Her blog offers tips on living green on a sensible budget, in Edmonton and online.
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  • Deana May 5, 2014, 5:31 pm

    I would take back batteries, packaging and ink cartridges!

  • stacey h May 4, 2014, 5:11 pm

    i purchase tea and crackers from LD – i would return their packaging.

  • Jenness M May 4, 2014, 3:56 pm


  • Linda g P May 4, 2014, 4:12 am

    I would recycle old medications

  • Jane N May 3, 2014, 9:16 pm

    I would love to bring all those power cords & wires that we have no idea where the matching electric is or was.

  • Josh S May 3, 2014, 9:03 pm

    This is great. I have some used batteries i would like to recycle.

  • Don Foran May 3, 2014, 12:25 pm

    batteries, cell phones, & wires I have no idea what they’re for…

  • Heidi C. May 2, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I definitely have expired medication that I would recycle. Fantastic program!

  • angela m May 2, 2014, 7:46 am

    I would recycle our old batteries

  • Tara Dreger April 30, 2014, 9:05 pm

    This is really awesome. I would bring back styrofoam because i would recycle the cardboard at home in my bluebox.

  • Areta April 30, 2014, 10:07 am

    I would recycle old cell phones and batteries.

  • GEoff April 29, 2014, 10:33 pm

    I refill my print cartridges so that I dont dispose of them often

  • Belinda McNabb April 29, 2014, 5:50 pm

    we have some cellphones and batteries we could bring in

  • Eileen April 29, 2014, 1:15 pm

    I have a container of used batteries that I’d take back

  • Victoria Ess April 29, 2014, 10:28 am

    I would bring back old batteries and medicines.

  • sarah sar April 29, 2014, 7:59 am

    Old medication. I have so much of it I really think it’s time to clear it out.

  • Ka G. April 28, 2014, 11:49 pm

    I’ll like to recycle Styrofoam. I really don’t know what to do with them!

  • Donna April 28, 2014, 10:21 pm

    I’d recycle batteries and old ink cartridges!

  • Arjun Rudra April 28, 2014, 7:40 pm

    old cassette tapes

  • Jennie April 28, 2014, 1:34 am

    I love this so much! I love trying new beauty products so I definitely see myself frequently going back to recycle empty shampoo bottles, mascara tubes, etc!

  • Diana Corlett April 27, 2014, 5:25 pm

    I would take in all my expired medications!

  • tennille April 27, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Styrofoam! I hate not knowing what to do with it!

  • Alyssa C April 27, 2014, 4:37 pm

    I would recycyle styrofoam .. I always think it’s a pain that our recycling depot does not take it so we end up throwing tons out. Especially around Christmas time !

  • kathy downey April 27, 2014, 4:28 pm

    I would bring back old medications,batteries and plastic bags

  • Lori Bazan April 27, 2014, 5:09 am

    I would recycle ink cartridges and batteries

  • Mae April 27, 2014, 12:50 am

    I’d recycle old vitamin bottles and cereal boxes

  • Jenness M April 26, 2014, 3:57 pm

    I will recycle my old batteries

  • Tooth Fairy April 26, 2014, 11:34 am

    I recycle my old batteries at London Drugs.

  • Andrea Amy April 26, 2014, 10:22 am

    I have some old medications here, plus we have quite a bit of packaging from things like my printer, my computer and a couple cell phones that no longer work.

  • Sunshine G April 25, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Styrofoam – so excited to know somewhere takes it!

  • Bons April 25, 2014, 10:06 pm

    I would recycle batteries

  • Kristine Ewald April 25, 2014, 2:51 pm

    Old medication. Had no idea

  • Tracy April 24, 2014, 11:09 pm


  • Pat B April 24, 2014, 9:33 pm

    alkaline batteries

  • Rebby April 24, 2014, 9:26 pm

    I’d recycle batteries and bring back old meds!

  • Lori Lewis April 24, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I would recycle the big bag of alkaline batteries I’ve been saving up!

  • Jenn Zimmerman April 24, 2014, 10:32 am

    I would recycle my batteries and medication. I never know what to do with my old meds.

  • Silvia April 24, 2014, 5:56 am

    I would recycle my old batteries

  • Soozle April 24, 2014, 5:49 am

    I have expired medication and old VHS I could recycle! Thanks for the information that this exisits!

  • Jeannie April 24, 2014, 12:44 am

    I have brought back old medication back to LD’s pharmacy, ink cartridges and batteries.

  • Dana April 24, 2014, 12:28 am

    Definitely old meds. Thanks for the info!

  • Susan T. April 23, 2014, 10:18 pm

    I would bring in styrofoam and my old cassettes!

  • Angela Mitchell April 23, 2014, 10:09 pm

    I would recycle batteries and old medications.

  • Toby April 23, 2014, 10:09 pm

    Expired medications!

  • leanne April 23, 2014, 10:03 pm

    I would bring back batteries

  • Tina L. April 23, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I would bring back old medication and batteries.

  • CHRISTY April 23, 2014, 8:09 pm

    I will bring back old medication. As well, I will bring back any styrofoam from their products so it will be recycled.

  • Shevon April 23, 2014, 1:49 am

    I would bring in my VHS tapes and cassettes. I would probably also bring in ink cartridges as well!

  • Maegan Morin April 22, 2014, 11:10 pm

    I would bring back plastic wrap and styrofoam because I just dont know what to do with it. Especially in my small town.

  • Tanis April 22, 2014, 10:49 pm

    I have some old medication that I will take!

  • Josie April 22, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I would recycle old meds and batteries

  • Rajbinder Kaur April 22, 2014, 10:06 pm

    I have a box full of old cassette tapes which have been sitting in storage for years. I had no idea that I could recycle them at London Drugs! thanks!

  • Erin Wilson April 22, 2014, 9:41 pm

    I’d recycle my batteries!

  • Doris Calvert April 22, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Old medications

  • lori butler April 22, 2014, 12:21 pm

    i too bring back old and expired medications to the pharmacy, I also recycle batteries, printer cartridges, cans, bottles and plastics

  • Carol M (Lushka S) April 22, 2014, 11:43 am

    I would recycle some old batteries

  • Debbie Sherrer April 22, 2014, 11:39 am

    I’d bring back plastic bags and wrappings as our recycle depot does not allow this. I would also bring back old medication so it doesn’t end up in our water supply.

  • Jonnie April 22, 2014, 11:32 am

    I would bring back old medications and some big boxes from computers and TVs that I kept for some reason.

  • KittyPride April 22, 2014, 9:54 am

    I would recycle old medications and ink cartridges

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