Unwanted and out-of-date Medicines - Planet Ark Recycling Near You


Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project is a national scheme for out-of-date and unwanted medicines. This scheme urges Australians to discard their medicines in a responsible manner. The returned medicines are then disposed of safely. They 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You can take your out-of-date and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy in Australia.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.

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.

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About Unwanted Medicines

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

  • taken when they are out-of-date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

Importance of disposing unwanted medicines correctly

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.

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