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Why do I need to return unwanted medicine to my pharmacy?
Return of your unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal is very important. Your medicine cabinet can be a health hazard.
Consumers have been accustomed to disposing of unwanted and out-of-date medicines using general waste and sewerage options. Having regard to the potential dangers in retaining these medicines in the home, and environmental considerations, consumers need to know the appropriate action for medicine disposal – and to be encouraged to use this option.
Think before you throw
Unwanted medicines are often dumped into the toilet, tipped down the sink or put out with the garbage, which starts a journey that can seriously harm the environment. More than 500 tonnes of medicines find their way into waterways and landfill every year.
We need to change our behaviours to solve this problem and give the environment a chance.
By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place.
This is all you need to do… it's really easy
How do I dispose of my unwanted medicines?
- Go to your home medicine area.
- Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
- Check that you actually need all the medicines – separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
- Take the container to Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse for disposal.