The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) operates free take back programs for the safe disposal of unwanted medications and used medical sharps in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick , Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In addition to helping producers fulfill their stewardship obligations, we help pharmacies implement these programs and educate consumers on how to practice safe disposal to strengthen ties across communities and the industry.

Our Mission, Vision and Values


HPSA is a bridge between health care and the environment by offering programs for the safe disposal and return of medications and medical sharps used in Canadian homes.


Building a healthier and safer environment together


  • Excellence
  • Together we make a difference
  • Stewardship
  • Equity

Our Impact

Since its inception, HPSA’s initiatives have reduced the negative impact of unwanted medications and used medical sharps on the environment and the 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 Pharmacies
152 Members Producers

 *Dec 2023

HPSA History


• Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA) is formed and federally registered

• BC ENVRx program is launched

British Columbia Medications Return Program (BCMRP) launch
Manitoba Medications Return Program (MMRP) launch

• Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP) launch

• PCPSA name transitions to Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA)

Prince Edward Island Medications Return Program (IMRP) and Prince Edward Islands Sharps Collection Program (ISCP) launch
Manitoba Sharps Collection Program (MSCP) launch
New Brunswick Pharmaceuticals and Medical Sharps Collection Program
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Quebec pharmaceutical products' take-back program is officially launched. Find a collection location near you.