Recycle BC and London Drugs expand take back partnership to plastic packaging

As of July 5, 2017, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap film and foam packaging in British Columbia became as simple as a trip to London Drugs. Building off a partnership established between Recycle BC and London Drugs stores in the City of Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, this expansion involves four stores in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission, BC, to include the following plastic packaging materials:

  • Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers
  • White and coloured plastic foam packaging, including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons, and foam cushion packaging for electronics

According to a news release from Recycle BC, plastic bags, overwrap film, and foam packaging are not collected curbside because when these materials mix with other recyclables they do not separate well enough to meet the standards of North American recycling markets. In addition to London Drugs locations, residents can continue to return this packaging at seven other depots in these communities.

Recycle BC is a non-profit stewardship organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout BC, ensuring household material is collected, sorted and recycled. London Drugs partners with a variety of regional, provincial and waste reduction organizations across Western Canada to recycle consumer items such as fluorescent lights, rechargeable and alkaline batteries, cell phones, cardboard, electronics, and cartridges for printers. Residents can also recycle a variety of packaging and printed paper in curbside or through recycling pick-up programs in multi-family buildings: see the full list of packaging and printed paper that can be recycled.