Unwanted and out-of-date Medicines - Planet Ark Recycling Near You

Medicines

The Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project is a national scheme for out-of-date and unwanted medicines. This scheme urges Australians to return their medicines to their local pharmacy so they can be disposed of safely. Returned medicines are in no way reused or recycled.

You can take your out-of-date and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy in Australia. All pharmacies are equipped to accept all medicines.

Empty medicine blister packs (the packaging used for pills and tablets) can be recycled through some pharmacies. TerraCycle and Chemists’ Own have partnered to trial a free recycling program for all over-the-counter blister packs. The Blister Pack Recycling Program is currently available in select Chemists’ Own pharmacies throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Vist the TerraCycle website for the full list of participating chemists.

This is a directory listing. Please be aware that recyclers may currently be closed or operating shortened hours due to COVID-19. Please use the below information to contact the recycler directly and adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions in your area.

Medicines

WHY SHOULD I RETURN MY OLD MEDICINES?

Old and unwanted medicines around the home are a household hazard and can be dangerous if:

  • consumed when they are out-of-date
  • consumed when they are not prescribed for you
  • within reach of children

In Australia, 50 children are admitted to hospital every week as a result of poisoning. In many cases this involves the consumption of medicines that are not intended for them. Returning old or out-of-date medicines to pharmacies will ensure they are disposed of safely. 

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