Return your unwanted and out-of-date medicines to pharmacy for safe disposal

Unwanted and out-of-date medicines can lead to health hazards and poor environmental consequences. The Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, is designed to facilitate the collection and disposal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines from the Australian community via community pharmacies. The medicines are then disposed of by high temperature incineration.

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place. Red Hill Pharmacy collects these medicines at no cost to consumers.


  • Don’t flush medicines down the toilet. (contamination of waterways)
  • Don’t pour medicines down the sink. (harm aquatic life)
  • Don’t throw medicines into the garbage bin. (end up in exposed landfill sites)


  • Go to your home medicine area.
  • Check expiry dates & separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
  • Check & separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
  • Take the container to pharmacy for disposal.