Health Products Stewardship Association

Collecting Used and Expired Medications in | Public


Information for the Pharmacist

Ontario Medications Return Program and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program are underway, pharmacies province wide will serve as drop-off points, safely disposing of products returned to their counters. The pharmacies will then arrange for collection of containers for destruction at a licensed hazardous waste disposal facility in Brampton. The OMRP and OSCP are 100% industry-funded.

For more information on setting up your store(s) to collect returns, download the Registration Form and complete and fax the Pharmacy Registration Form to 1-855-228-2099.

The Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) covers the costs associated with the responsible disposal of health products returned by the public. The products covered under this program are:

  • All prescription drugs,
  • Over-the-counter Medications, and
  • Natural Health Products in oral dosage form.

The Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP) is a new stewardship program that promotes the safe and easy disposal of sharps from the public so that they aren't disposed of in the garbage.  The definition for sharps includes; infusion sets, safety pens and syringes with needles attached, lancets, needle tips, needles, pens, pen needles, pre-filled cartridges and pre-filled syringes.

To receive and distribute information on the program complete and fax the Promo order form.

You can also consult our brochures by following the links.

*For French brochure please consult the French section of our website.

To request a pick up complete the Service Request Form online or fax it to 1-866-464-6661

To learn more on the Ontario EPA 298/12 Regulation and your obligations as a steward, click here.


Related Links

2016 Annual Report to Director

2015 Annual Report to Director

2014 Annual Report to Director

2013 Annual Report to Director

Program Plan for the Ontario Medications Return Program

Program Plan for the Ontario Sharps Collection Program

Ontario News Release May 2017
May 9, 2017   For immediate release:   Ontario pharmacists help residents safely destroy 551 tonnes of household pharmaceutical and sharps...


Note: Any of the following items that are unused, expired, in questionable condition, or missing labels

  • All Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications, oral dosage
  • Natural health products, oral dosage

Not Accepted

Please check with your pharmacist or household hazardous waste events for other products

  • Sharps, needles or syringes
  • Cosmetics
  • Empty pill bottles