Health Products Stewardship Association


The BC Medications Return Program was created more than twenty years ago as a way of responsibly managing the destruction of unused and expired medications and over-the-counter drugs. This Earth-friendly program was first of a kind in Canada and is now being emulated in other provinces and states.

There is no charge for the public to return medications. All costs for the program are paid by the brand-owners from the pharmaceuticals and health products industries.

Since 1999,  HPSA’s has managed the BC Medications Return Program on behalf of each steward as required under the Recycling Regulation (B.C. Reg. 449/2004) through a stewardship plan filed with the Ministry of Environment.

HPSA also supports its members regarding environmental regulatory issues for post-consumer take-back programs for unwanted medications and used sharps facing the industry. We serve as a national industry liaison, a member representative and we help to raise public awareness about key on porper dispasal  issues. Learn more on who we are in the HPSA Bylaws.