Solid Waste Destruction

RLI provides manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and similar consumer packaged products with the peace of mind that any long-term liabilities associated with mismanagement of these products or raw materials have been eliminated.

The Return Logistics Advantage

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and similar consumer packaged products commonly generate products and raw materials that must be discarded due to warehouse damage, seasonal inventory, defective performance, excess inventory and obsolescence.

Return Logistics International Corporation (RLI) assists these generators in facilitating destruction and provides them with certified proof of disposal. Since 1996, when RLI opened it’s waste processing and return center in Savannah, GA, it has maintained the proper permits and licenses for Solid Waste Processing, DEA Controlled Substances, Hazardous Waste Large Quantity Generation and required state licenses.

RLI provides these generators with the piece of mind that any long-term liabilities associated with mismanagement of these products or raw materials have been eliminated. Here are the types of products and raw materials we typically manage:

Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Cosmetic, Consumer, and Related Wastes/Materials:

  • Pharmaceutical Products, Intermediates, and Bulk Products
  • Animal Health Products, Intermediates, and Bulk Products
  • Controlled Substances (Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V)
  • Packaging Components, Labels, Package Inserts, Bottles, Pallets
  • Sales Rep Samples, Clinical Trials, Repackaged Products
  • Consumer Packaged Products, Intermediates and Bulk Products

Health and Personal Care Products, Intermediates and Bulk Products

  • Household Products, Intermediates and Bulk Products
  • Nutritional Products, Intermediates and Bulk Products
  • Commercial Chemicals, Raw Materials, Active and Inactive Ingredients
  • Contraband on behalf of Local, State, or Federal Government Agencies
  • Documents, Books, Computer Backup Media

Industrial Manufacturing and Related Wastes/Materials

  • Agricultural Wastes, Fertilizers, Feed Supplements
  • Basic Chemicals
  • Carpet, Textile, Nylon, Fabric Scraps
  • Empty Containers
  • Filter Media and Aids
  • Plastic, Polystyrene, Polymethane, Foams
  • Oil Contaminated Wastes

If you don’t see your waste on the list, give us a call at (912) 748-5100.


In support of your landfill avoidance and green business initiatives, Return Logistics, as experts in sustainability, can extract value from your waste streams by accepting a wide range of products, manufacturing debris and general plant trash, sorting through to remove recyclables; such as plastics, cardboard, paper, wood, and metals, and then forward what remains for energy recovery.

  • Identify recyclables in your waste
  • Secure markets for your recyclables
  • Provide certificates of recycling for the recovered materials
  • Provide certificates of destruction for what remains.

Here is how RLI can help you:



Easy and Straight-Forward

Easy, straightforward, cost effective solution for the destruction of your expired DEA controlled substances; in addition to, prescription drugs, raw materials and over-the-counter products.


Fee-for-Service Agreements

Simple Fee-for-Service agreement, no expiration date, no volume commitment, and no prepayment requirement.


Sustainable Waste Practices

Sustainable waste management, converting your obsolete DEA regulated products and raw materials into clean renewable energy through thermal destruction.


Enhanced Regulatory Compliance

Enhance your regulatory compliance with our provided copies of receipt reports, certificates of destruction and DEA Form 41s returned to you for your records and reporting.


Simplified Budgeting

Simplified budgeting with a minimum per-shipment transaction fee or billed per product and pounds destroyed, whichever is greater.


Layered Security

Multiple layers of security safeguarding brand identity while in RLI possession. Our facility complies with DEA security requirements, including cameras, gated entrances and vault/cages for your obsolete substances while quarantined awaiting destruction.


Experienced and Specialized

Trust our experience, reputation and integrity from seasoned returned processors and waste specialists who have well over 100 years of collective proficiency in regulatory affairs, waste management, and environmental compliance.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“Return Logistics provides us the shortest turnaround time in the industry.  They provide a secure supply chain in accordance with policies, procedures and the law that helps us maximize warehouse space to support our mission.”

Director of Operations

NGO that distributes medicine to the underserved

“Returns Logistics International (RLI) is by far the best reverse logistics company in the industry – bar none.  Their in depth experience in processing the destruction of pharmaceutical products coupled with their CAN-DO attitude and superb customer service places them heads and shoulder above any competition. We rely on the expertise and insight RLI has gained in the reverse logistics industry. On several occasions, we have asked them to work with our company to expedite the destruction of pharmaceutical product on short notice. They simply deliver time and time again.”


Life Science Service Company

“My company has been doing business with Return Logistics for over a decade. I have always found the people to be professional, courteous and ready to serve. The service they provide is invaluable to our business and I am glad to be associated with Return Logistics.”

Distribution Center Manager

Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the proposal that you gave me a while back still good?

Our proposals are good for 60 days. If your need exceeds 60 days, contact us and we will confirm or update your proposal.

What methods are used to destroy our products? Are the methods you employ "green?"

All products received are destroyed via co-processing cement kiln or waste to energy incineration, were the heat created from the combustion is used to create steam, then converted into electricity through a turbine. Many states consider waste to energy a clean, “green” renewable energy.

How long has Return Logistics been in business?

Return Logistics was formed in 1996 and opened its return center the same year. In 2006 we expanded our warehouse and capabilities that included obtaining a Georgia Department of Natural Resources, solid waste processing permit.

When do I pay for the service?

Once all of your material has been received, validated, counted, and destroyed, we’ll send you an invoice for services rendered and provide you a certificate of destruction and copy of our Form 41 for any controlled substances we receive.

What licenses and permits do you possess?

RLI possesses a DEA Reverse Distribution registration for Schedules CI, CII, CIII, CIV, and CV, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Solid Waste Processing Facility Permit, EPA Large Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator, Georgia Board of Pharmacy Reverse Distributor Pharmacy and required state licenses.

Do you provide transportation?

For our customers that ship quantities in truckload volume, we can provide transportation though one of our fully licensed and permitted sub-contracted carriers; however, for our customers that ship in less than truckload or box quantity, we prefer our customers to provide their own transportation with their own preferred contract carriers.

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If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.