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GlobalPSC Member Profile – Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:22 pm, May 13th, 2014Comments0

Australia’s Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project provides a national scheme for unwanted and out-of-date medicines to be collected by community pharmacies and disposed of by high temperature incineration, which is the EPA-approved method of disposal.

The RUM Project initiative represents a “world first” in the management and removal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines. Community pharmacies across Australia receive these unwanted medicines from consumers at no cost to the consumer.

This Commonwealth-funded program addresses a fundamental impediment to the quality use of medicines in Australia, namely safe disposal. It is recognised that hoarding of old and unwanted medicines can lead to the medicines becoming misused, abused or harming children if left lying around. Research also now demonstrates possible adverse environmental effects from inappropriately discarded pharmaceuticals in waterways (United States EPA).

The most common means of disposal – down the sink or toilet, or in the bin – may lead to poor environmental consequences.

The increasing number of medication options being provided to treat medical conditions results in frequent changes to medication. The aged consumer is confronted with a dazzling array of changing medications with subsequent confusion and often poor medication management. This confusion can be reduced with appropriate disposal of medicines no longer required.


GlobalPSC Member – Product Care Association

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:11 am, July 31st, 2013Comments10




A not-for-profit industry-sponsored association, Product Care has been helping its members protect the environment by diverting household hazardous and special waste from ending up in landfills and waterways, since 1994.

It began with just one product and one province – paint in British Columbia. Now, in response to an increasing number of government-mandated “extended producer responsibility” regulations, Product Care manages a variety of product stewardship programs, from paint and flammables to lighting and fire alarms, in eight provinces across Canada.

Product Care also provides program management services for small appliance, major appliance and outdoor power equipment product stewardship programs. In addition, Product Care worked with PaintCare™ in the U.S. to establish the first paint recycling program in Oregon and then California.  For a full list of programs and to learn more about Product Care, visit

Product Care’s President Mark Kurschner serves on the GlobalPSC Executive Committee and as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.


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