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Recycling day to divert waste from City landfills

A city-wide Recycling Day will take place at London Drugs in Airdrie May 25, to encourage residents to responsibly recycle packaging materials and old household goods and electronics at the end of their usable life.
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Airdrie residents can take advantage of an opportunity to recycle old household materials and shred paper documents at Recycling Day, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at London Drugs. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

A city-wide Recycling Day will take place at London Drugs in Airdrie May 25, to encourage residents to responsibly recycle packaging materials and old household goods and electronics at the end of their usable life.

Waste and Recycling staff from the City of Airdrie will also be on-site, educating residents about how to remove organic waste from their garbage. An estimated 35 per cent of the City’s garbage could be diverted from the landfill, according to a press release issued by London Drugs, if residents used their green cart correctly. In partnership with SuperSave, the City free paper shredding will be provided in the London Drugs parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Residents can drop off one file-box size of paper documents for shredding, the release states, but bulldog clips, bindings and staples must be removed.

“Our goal is to educate residents on what goes where and help provide options to reduce waste or manage it responsibly,” said Mara Pratt, education co-ordinator with Waste and Recycling Services. “Responsibly disposing of waste at events like this is one way to divert waste from landfills.”

Residents are invited to drop off any of the following items May 25, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at London Drugs in Airdrie (2781 Main Street SW, Airdrie).

  • Electronic (TVs, VCRs, printers, computers, monitors, etc.)  
  • Electrical items, tools, hair appliances
  • Small appliances (large appliances not accepted) 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries 
  • Alkaline Batteries 
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent light tubes of up to four-foot lengths 
  • Disposable cameras 
  • Metal film canisters 
  • Ink-jet cartridges and laser cartridges 
  • Soft plastics including plastic bags
  • Expired and unused medications can be recycled at the pharmacy

After dropping off their items, the release added, residents are invited to enjoy a barbecue put on by the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club. 

According to a press release from London Drugs, the event aims to prevent thousands of pounds of waste from ending up in the city’s landfills. In 2018, the company helped divert more than 12 million pounds of waste from landfills, and recently celebrated a 93.5 per cent waste diversion rate through its own in-store recycling strategies.

“It is a great opportunity for spring cleaning. Residents can bring their recyclable items for recycling rather than throwing them away including electronics, small appliances, batteries and even Styrofoam,” said Dan Do, assistant store manager at the Airdrie London Drugs location. “Together with the help of Airdrie residents, we can divert thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill through this event.”

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