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Manitoba Medications Return Program 

Medications for pain, your birth control pills or those tablets you bought for your trip …three years ago. If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you'll find medications that are expired or that you no longer need.

Luckily, you can now return these medications to a pharmacy in your community through a program offered by the health products industries called Manitoba Medications Return Program (MMRP). When you drop off your medications, you'll not only ensure they're disposed of properly – you'll also keep them out of the wrong hands, preventing abuse or accidental ingestion – and protecting our environment in the process.


What's included?

MMRP covers all prescription drugs, medications such as over-the-counter medications, including topical antibiotic and antifungal creams and natural health products that are orally ingested, such as vitamins and minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics, amino acids, homeopathic medicines and the like are also included.

Most pharmacies have already been collecting expired or unused medications. With this program even more pharmacies will participate, making it easier than ever before for you to do the right thing.

Download our "Take-it Back" pamphlet for more information.

MMRP accepted products


Funding Mechanism

Manitoba Medications Return Program is administered by the Health Products Stewardship Association and funded by brand-owners selling medications in Manitoba. This program provides the health products industries with a collective means of adhering to the requirements of the Manitoba Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation.


Recycle Manitoba

Recycle Manitoba is a collection of Manitoba-based stewardship organizations with a common goal: to help consumers divert as much waste as possible from our landfills.

Consult their website dedicated to consumers looking for easy, safe and responsible ways to dispose of products and packaging no longer useful.

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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