If you have unwanted medicines (including medicines for pets), the safest way to dispose of them is to return them to your pharmacy. This is a free service.
Our wastewater systems are not designed to cope with medicine waste. If medicines get into waterways or the soil, they can harm animals. Some medicines can change the reproduction of aquatic creatures, change their physiology or change their behaviour.
Any medicine that is returned to a community pharmacy is not reused for anyone else. This is because the quality, safety and efficacy of the medicine cannot be checked.
Disposing of needles
- Needles and syringes must be disposed of safely.
- Your pharmacy can give you a sharps disposal bin for syringe disposal.
- A plastic syringe (without needle) can be put into the rubbish bin.