Shoppers Drugmart throws used batteries in the garbage
Today, December 27, around 4 pm, I visited Shoppers Drugmart in Sechelt, BC to buy a replacement battery for my watch. When I saw that the young clerk behind the Digital counter was about to throw my used battery in the garbage can, I stopped her in disbelief. I asked her if they threw all their used batteries in the garbage and she said yes. I told her there were at least two battery recycling services close by on the Sunshine Coast and asked to make a written complaint. She offered to call the supervisor and the supervisor confirmed their policy was to throw used batteries in the garbage.
Admittedly, this supervisor is new to the Coast and may personally just not know where these recycling depots are located but I was extremely shocked to find that Shoppers Drugmart would not have a storewide recycling program for toxic products in place in 2011. In fact, I drew my conversation to a jaw-dropped close with her when I asked what she did with her own used batteries at home and her other recyclables. She said she had no (curbside) recycling service where she lived, in upper Roberts Creek and so she did not recycle. Anything. I mentioned that Gibsons did not have a curbside recycling service but we do have two very accessible locations in Gibsons to take used batteries, London Drugs and Gibsons Recycling Depot which takes pretty much everything recyclable and is staffed by very pleasant and competent people from 8 am to 5 pm daily and that I am very happy drive my own recyclables to their depot when my personal containers get full.
If Shoppers Drugmart does not wish to actually become a battery recycling depot (which is fine), I would be glad to show the Digital department (where batteries are sold) how to place used batteries in a Ziplock bag (I would be glad to donate a box of premarked Ziplock bags) marked with a black Sharpie pen and put in the bottom of some drawer. I could also print them out a map so that when the used battery bag was filled, it could be driven by a staff or even a eco-conscious customer to the battery recycling depots in very nearby Gibsons, about 20 minutes down the road.
It’s extremely disheartening in December 2011 to find that staff educated enough to be store supervisors would not care to or know how to recycle used batteries that are a terrible global health hazard in our landfills. It’s also very disheartening to find that there is no store policy to handle these toxic batteries they so readily sell.
I look forward to your response to my ecological global health concerns and have facebooked and posted this letter on my widely read blogs.
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