In Focus: London Drugs – A Beacon for Sustainability in the Retail Industry

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London Drugs is a privately-owned chain of retail stores in Western Canada. Founded in 1945 as a small drugstore in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, London Drugs now serves over 45 million customers each year. It continues to operate as a pharmacy but also offers cosmetics, electronics, housewares, grocery items, a photo lab, and a full-service computer department. While the retail chain has been recycling since the 80’s, its sustainability journey really took off in 2008 with the launch of its award-winning ‘What’s the green deal?’ program.


In Focus: Metro’s Regional Solid Waste Management Plan

In Focus - Oregon Metro Metro is the regional government that serves 1.5 million people across three counties and 25 cities in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. It plans and oversees the region’s solid waste system and works with local communities and industry partners to implement waste reduction programs. These programs have been very successful. Since 2004, the region’s total waste generated per person dropped 23 percent. This success reflects program, policy & cultural changes, as well as factors outside Metro’s influence such as overall economic conditions. The region also has decades of success in its residential, commercial, and construction sector recycling programs.

New Features – October 2015

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Pair with Existing User Program Managers Only Program Managers can now use the Register feature to pair a new organization with an existing user. Quickly select from a list of users already approved into the program, directory, or tool. This feature is especially useful when a member of your program reports on behalf of multiple organizations.
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Managing and Transforming Waste Streams – A Tool for Communities

Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool
  • Is your community adopting a new diversion goal but don’t know how to determine the number?
  • Are you considering a mandatory organics recycling subscription for households but aren’t sure if you should include businesses as well?
  • Have you wanted to develop a network of local businesses to repair, refurbish, and market used products but don’t know where to start?


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    Back to School: Learning how to be green – it’s easy!

    Back to school The smell of fallen leaves, sharpened pencils, and bagged lunches is in the air and that can mean only one thing – it’s BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! All across North America, parents, students, and educators are getting ready for another year of learning the all-important “3Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! We’re here to help you start the year off right with eco-conscious back to school tips and tricks! Read more

    New Features – September 2015

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    Quickly switch between locations Users can now type the name of the organization into the search box to quickly find the location they want to switch to. Search Organizations

    Organics close to home – a Winnipeg perspective

    wpgorganics If you’ve been to a sustainability conference in the last year, you’ll agree that food waste is often the “topic du jour”. My fascination with organics management really took off after I had the opportunity to hear Jen Rustemeyer & Grant Baldwin present at the Washington State Recycling Conference in 2014. They produced and directed “Just Eat It” a documentary that asks the questions:

    “Why are we throwing over 40% of our food in the garbage?”
    “How much of it is edible?”


    These aren’t easy questions to answer but I was sure that I wanted to be a part of the solution so this week I attended the City of Winnipeg’s Organics Diversion Strategy Symposium. Here’s the symposium synopsis: Read more

    Top 5 reasons to attend the Resource Recycling Conference

    resource recycling We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend recycling conferences across North America each year. This year has already seen many noteworthy events including Kyle Wiens’ keynote at AOR and National Recycling Coalition President, Mark Lichtenstein’s presentation at the Michigan Recycling Conference. Now entering it’s sixth year, the Resource Recycling Conference (RRC) has been the gathering place for industry leaders across the continent and this year will not disappoint. We are extremely excited for this year’s RRC in Indianapolis, IN and here are our top five reasons why: Read more

    Let’s WRAP – Boosting plastic film recycling [Slideshow]

    Let's WRAP Plastic bags and other polyethylene film wraps (i.e. dry cleaning and bread bags, case wrap on paper goods and drink bottles, and other plastic films) can be a huge headache for MRFs, but let’s face it, they aren’t going away. The good news is that Re-TRAC users have tools available at their fingertips to make a big difference. The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) helps reduce or eliminate unwanted plastic film from the curbside stream by directing it to where it is wanted – the retail collection infrastructure. WRAP provides educational and outreach tools for state agencies, local jurisdictions, and community organizations looking for a way to manage plastic bags and film in their communities. Read more

    The Right Tool for the Job

    h4h image If you could travel back in time, what would be the one thing you would bring with you? Most of you will probably answer “the winning lottery ticket numbers”, “my computer” or “detailed instructions on how to build the time machine in case it breaks and I need to get back”. I would bring back an air-powered nail gun. Why a nail gun? Witnessing the expression of awe on a home builder’s face when you drive a nail into a 2×4 in a millisecond would be the ultimate moment. Tools have the ability to transform a routine task: finish it faster, improve the quality of the finished product, and even improve the experience of the user. I experienced the opposite transformation a few weeks ago when Darryl (one of our Re-TRAC Connect developers) and I volunteered to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Read more