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London Drugs steps up recycling drive
April 2nd, 2014
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – London Drugs is aiming to double the amount of materials recycled in stores over April of last year, in recognition of Earth Month.
The western Canada drug chain said Tuesday that customers who bring items into stores for recycling from April 11 to 30 can fill out an entry form for a chance to win the Energy Efficient Electronics Bundle, including a Samsung 46-inch LED Energy Star TV and a Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Tablet, valued at more than $1,500.
"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% increase," Maury McCausland, administrator of retail operations and sustainability at London Drugs, said in a statement.
Materials that London Drugs accepts for recycling include electrical and electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers, etc.); small appliances; Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from products sold at the chain; cell phones, PDAs and rechargeable batteries; alkaline batteries; compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent light tubes; disposable cameras; inkjet and laser printer cartridges; metal film canisters; plastic bags, pop bottles and cans; insurance plastic folders; water filters; candy bar and cosmetic packaging; and toys.
Last fall, London Drugs received the Canadian Stewardship Award for its efforts in recycling and environmental advocacy and education. Specifically, the chain earned top honors in the business category for its "What's the Green Deal?" program.
In 2013, London Drugs customers helped keep more than 10 million pounds of waste out of landfills and toxic materials out of the ecosystem, according to the retailer, which has 78 drug stores — most with large electronics departments — in western Canada, primarily British Columbia and Alberta.
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