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 ,complete form and submit online or by fax 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 1-855-228-2099

To learn more about the New Green Med Totes, please watch this short How-To video 

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


Related Links

2017 Annual Report to Director

2016 Annual Report to Director

2015 Annual Report to Director

Program Plan for the Ontario Medications Return Program

Program Plan for the Ontario Sharps Collection Program

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