Health Products Stewardship Association

Collecting Used and Expired Medications in | Public

Nova Scotia

Information for the Pharmacist

The pharmacist is asked to deposit returned medications in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. When the box is full it is to be sealed and a decal is attached to the box indicating that the box contains dead drugs. Collection is arranged through Stericycle.  For more information on participation and the products covered, contact your Provincial Pharmacists Association (PANS).

In 2014, Nova Scotia Environment conducted public consultations on proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations. A summary of the results of the consultation process can be found in the document, "What We Heard". The feedback received from the public will be used to help guide the amendments due later this year. For more information on the consultations, see the document "Revising Our Path Forward".

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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