VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2013) - London Drugs took top honours in the 'Business' category for their 'What's the Green Deal' program at the 2013 Conference on Canadian Stewardship. The Canadian Stewardship Award recognizes exceptional achievements of a business that has made a significant contribution, through leadership or advocacy, towards environmental stewardship and producer responsibility.
Since its launch in 2008, London Drugs' 'What's the Green Deal' program now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including: Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals.
"London Drugs perfectly fit the purpose of the Canadian Stewardship Award," said Mark McKenney, President of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council, the sponsor of the award. "By taking a leadership position in managing materials sold from their retail stores, London Drugs offers their customers in-store recycling that goes beyond what is mandated by regulations. They work with their buyers and suppliers to improve their product stewardship responsibilities by communicating with customers in-store and online with a dedicated website, blogs, videos and social media."
London Drugs' Administrator of Retail Operations, Maury McCausland, accepted the award from McKenney, on behalf of the thousands of London Drugs employees and customers that have helped make 'What's the Green Deal' a stewardship success story.
"Being recognized at the national level is a testament to the enthusiastic support of our employees and customers who continue to help London Drugs succeed with our innovative recycling and waste diversion efforts," says 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 recently celebrated a milestone achievement across its western Canadian chain with the removal of a waste disposal bin at the St. Albert, Alberta store which has achieved a near 100 per cent waste diversion rate. The chain's overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. Individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015.
To see what products can be recycled through London Drugs, or to learn more about these eco-friendly services and products visit the website at www.greendeal.ca.
About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 78 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.