Every year millions of unwanted health products are flushed, poured down the drain, or thrown in the trash. These disposals are harming our environment and our health. By disposing of unwanted medications and used medical sharps properly through a take-back program, we can safeguard our communities and preserve our environment.

Protecting the Environment

When health products are flushed, poured down the drain, or thrown in the trash, it can have harmful effects on the environment. By disposing of unwanted medications and used medical sharps properly through a take back program, we can protect our land and waterways from harmful contamination.

Health & Safety

HPSA return programs facilitate the safe management and disposal of unwanted medications and used medical sharps ensuring the health and safety of those in our communities. 

safer environment and healthier communities

5,120,105

kgs of medications collected since the inception

3,588,986

kgs of medical sharps collected since the inception

6,389

Participating collection locations

152

Members producers are now with us in this responsibility

 *Dec 2023

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Members

Take back programs in provinces with regulations that mandate the safe collection and disposal of unwanted medications and used medical sharps. 

Collection Location

As the primary point of contact for consumers who use medications and medical sharps, pharmacists play a key role in the safe disposal of these products.

How to safely dispose of your Medications and medical sharps

Medications

If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you’ll find expired or unused medications. From tablets you bought just in case you got sick on a trip to the leftover cough syrup to pain medications you didn’t use up to those old birth control pills.

Medical Sharps

If anyone in your household requires medical sharps due to their health condition, it is essential to dispose of them properly. Discarding them in the trash could result in needle stick injuries to household members, pets, housekeepers, janitors, and municipal workers.

The Process

Gather your unwanted medications and used medical sharps.

Place medications in Zip lock bags and sharps in sharps containers

Find the nearest HPSA collection site on our website.

Bring your sealed zip lock bags and sharps containers to the collection site during their operating hours.

Hand over the bags and the containers to the designated personnel for safe and secure disposal.

Feel good knowing you have played your part in protecting the environment and your community

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