Health Products Stewardship Association

Collecting Used and Expired Medications in | Public


Information for the Pharmacist

The Island Medications Return Program (IMRP) and Island Sharps Collection Program (ISCP) launch on June 1, 2015 and cover the costs associated with the responsible disposal of health products and sharps returned by the public through collection sites.

For more information on setting up your store(s) to collect returns, complete the Collection Location Standards Agreement, online or submit by fax to 1-855-228-2099 or by e-mail to

The Island Medications Return Program provides a safe and easy way to dispose of the drugs we all have in our homes. The purpose of the program is to collect unused and expired medications from the public before they are disposed of in the garbage or poured down sewers and drains.

The products covered under the Island Medications Return Program include:

  • All prescription medications;
  • Over-the-counter drugs, and;
  • Natural Health Products.

The Island Sharps Collection Program promotes the safe and easy disposal of sharps from the public so that they aren't disposed of in the garbage.

The products covered under medical sharps are:

  • Needles, needle tips, syringes;
  • Insulin pens, lancets, and;
  • Other used sharps.

To request a pick up for your pharmacy please complete the Service and Supply Request Form and fax to 1-855-228-2099 or e-mail to

To receive and distribute information on the program, please complete and fax or e-mail the Promo Order Form.

You can also consult our informational and promotional materials by following the links:

IMRP InfoSheet (for Pharmacists)
ISCP InfoSheet (for Pharmacists)

IMRP Rack Card (for the Public)
ISCP Rack Card (for the Public)

If you have any questions with regards to these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Related Links

2017 IMRP and ISCP Annual Report

2016 IMRP and ISCP Annual Report

2015 IMRP and ISCP Annual Report

HPSA’s approved Island Sharps Collection Program Plan

HPSA’s approved Island Medication Return Program Plan

Letters of Approval

PEI Environmental Protection Act Materials Stewardship and Recycling Regulations

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