How can I safely dispose of unwanted medicines?

You can return your out-of-date and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy in Australia for free and safe disposal.

Find out more about the Return Unwanted Medicines Project
By phone: 1300 650 835

Avoid pharmaceutical waste

Every year over 500 tonnes of unwanted or outdated medications are collected by Australian pharmacies. Keeping unwanted medications runs the risk of unintentional poisonings. Avoid expensive waste of prescription drugs by keeping an up-to-date medication chart and take it to each doctor's visit. Ask your pharmacist for help, such as holding your prescriptions or providing Webster packs to manage multiple medications. All medications have use-by dates, so keep track of pain-relief tablets and other non-prescription drugs.