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London Drugs and Kidseat Recyclers Working Together to Divert Waste

London Drugs continues to extend waste diversion efforts beyond their stores and into Calgary communities.   

London Drugs is celebrating an impressive 93.4% waste diversion rate for its stores in 2015 through committed and aggressive recycling initiatives in stores.

In a continued effort to extend their waste diversion efforts beyond stores and into the communities they serve, London Drugs’ is once again working with a number of  Community Associations in Calgary, the City of Airdrie as well as the City of Lethbridge to host Community Cleanups. These events help divert waste from the city  landfills by encouraging community residents to responsibly recycle household items that are either at the end of their usable life or can be donated to local charities.  Kidseat Recyclers is proud to be a part of these events to accept used and expired car seats and help divert thousands of pounds of waste from city landfills. We will ensure that every part of the seat that is recyclable – including metal, Styrofoam, plastic and any usable parts – will be diverted or reused.

To see the complete list of Community Cleanup events visit:

Last year, London Drugs customers at all stores who dropped off their recycling contributed to over 11.5 million pounds of waste being diverted from landfills including 72,236 lbs of Styrofoam.

Customers can recycle the following items anytime at any London Drugs location:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers, small appliances, etc.) are recycled through Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) and e-Cycle.  All electronic products are recycled back to their basic components before being shipped. London Drugs works diligently to ensure that our electronic recyclables are not shipped to sub-standard offshore facilities.
  • Styrofoam is recycled through FOAM Only.
  • Plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries are recycled through Call2Recycle.
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders

London Drugs also carries hundreds of products with environmental advantages as well. Their ‘What’s the Green Deal’ product signs in stores point out products that have environmental benefits – from recycled content to certified organic production – in order to help customers shop a little greener without having to go to specialty stores.

We were nominated for Calgary Choice Award‘s 2011 Best Eco-friendly business. Congratulations to all the winners!


Metro Calgary Cleaning up Calgary communities one car seat at a time – “Kidseat Recyclers collects used and expired seats to reduce waste.” By: Josie Lukey on September 11, 2016

CTV Edmonton Consumer Watch with Kim Taylor Getting Rid of Old Car Seats – “Kids often need 2 or 3 car seats as they grow.” October 2014

Local stores offer new recycling options for residents by Allison Chorney, Airdrie City View posted on Jun 06, 2013 “Airdronians now have a local drop off location for unneeded and expired children’s car seats and booster seats.…”

Peace Region gets a chance to recycle old car seats by Erica Fisher, posted on Sept 26, 2012. “…Residents are asked to strip the car seats themselves before dropping them off at any of the three NEAT [The Northern Environmental Action Team] offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, where the plastic and metal will be accepted for recycling. Car seats will be accepted from Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

New car seat regulations parents might be unaware of. by Sarah Kraus. “…In Calgary, a company called Kid Seat Recyclers is helping parents dispose of their old car seats in an environmentally-friendly manner.” Global News Edmonton. April 20, 2012.

Carseats are an environmental nightmare. One Honest Mom blog post by Allison Killins. “…Kidseat Recyclers in Calgary, Alberta is working to properly divert carseats from landfills. Visit for more information.” Peterborough This Week. August 03, 2011.

Recycling Carseats. Guest host Holly Preston speaks with Melanie Risdon-Betcher co-founder of Kidseat Recyclers, a business dedicated to recycling discarded car seats. The Homestretch on July 18, 2011.

Donated car seats help local families. by Alexis Bevan for Calgary Herald Neighbours. Reposted by Neighbourlink Calgary, July 15, 2011

Why it’s the best time ever to be a Canadian Friday, July 1, 2011

ENVIRONMENT: We have the most cities that care
When Calgary eco-moms Melanie Risdon-Betcher and Lavonne Ries learned that over 190,000 children’s car seats are thrown into Canadian landfills every year, they formed Kidseat Recyclers. “Car seats are rarely recycled,” says Risdon-Betcher, “even though they are so rich in resources.” The co-op has recycled more than 600 seats so far, stripping each one to its core. According to Risdon-Betcher, the disassembled pieces are usually turned into rope and carpet. “We’ve broken many a nail,” she says. “But it’s worth it.”

Car Seat Savvy!
Birth of a Mother (BOAM). Canada’s Eco Family and Lifestyle Guide. February/March 2011. Pages 28-31.

Alberta Company Recycles Child Car Seats
By Crystal Rhyno, Red Deer Advocate. May 16, 2011

Car Seat Recycling
Melanie Risdon-Betcher talking Kidseat Recyclers on Global TV News Saturday morning. February 19, 2011 (Sorry, video has recently been removed from Global TV’s website.)

Giving recycling a booster
By Trent Edwards, Calgary Herald. January 21, 2011

Kidseat Recyclers keeps car seats out of the trash.
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What to do with old child car seats
Queen of Green by Lindsay Coulter for Metro Canada. January 10, 2011–what-to-do-with-old-child-car-seats

Green Their Ride – Savvy Calgary Green Living article – Issue 192

Facts for Garage Sale Vendors – 2009 Health Canada Fact Sheet

“The following is a partial list of products that must meet safety requirements under the Hazardous Products Act and the Cosmetic Regulations:

Car Seats – Car seats must meet the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Before selling a used car seat, check with Transport Canada (1-800-333-0371 or for more information and to find out if the car seat has been recalled.”

Source: 2010-05-06