Health Products Stewardship Association

Returning Unused and expired medications in | Pharmacists


Quebec does not have a formal province-wide program for the disposal of household pharmaceutical waste. However, Quebec municipalities have put in place different collection modes for HHW including drugs and other health products. Those include collection days, mobile depots, and permanent depots. In addition, community pharmacies are required through regulations under the Pharmacy Act to collect pharmaceuticals returned by consumers for safe disposal. The province’s municipalities and community pharmacies are in charge of managing the cost of these programs. For additional information on this topic click here.

Information for the public

When moving or spring cleaning, we often find ourselves with several unwanted objects, because they no longer work or because they’re reaching the end of their life! What to do with all of these objects and especially what to do to avoid that they go to the landfills? Are you part of the 78% of Quebecers who will ensure to bring their items they no longer want to the eco-center, or in a specialized depot/ a donation center?

Are we cleaning or moving?

To help you make the right choices, Recyc-Québec offers a little reminder that tells you what you can do and how to dispose of various households products. For example, did you know that your blinds, although metal or plastic, can be placed in the bin? And your pizza boxes can go in the composted or go in the green bin!

Learn more about how you can dispose of your large and small appliances, your curtains, your furniture, your moving boxes and more!

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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