Health Products Stewardship Association

Collecting Used and Expired Medications in | Public

British Columbia

Information for the Pharmacist

The British Columbia Medications Return Program (BCMRP) covers the costs associated with the responsible disposal of health products returned by the public through collection sites. The products covered under this program are:

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

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

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.

To request a pick up complete the Service Request Form and fax it to 1-855-228-2099.

To learn more about the HPSA containers, please watch this short How-To video 




We are launching a new social media outreach campaing, in association with the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

For more information visit the link below and watch the 30 seconds video about #FAQFridays

Proposed British Columbia Medications Return Program Plan

BC Plan 2019 and beyond

Related Links

Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program - 2017 Report

Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program - 2016 Report

Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program - 2015 Report


BC Medications Return Program Plan- Consultation Notice
April 17, 2019 The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) is conducting public consultations on the renewal of its Stewardship Plan for...


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