Veterinarians, Animal Hospitals, Zoos

RLI provides you a cost-effective, safe, secure, and environmentally sound solution to the destruction of expired, obsolete, or short-dated medicines and DEA controlled substances.

The Return Logistics Advantage

Cost Effective Solutions for Animal Health Care Providers and Zoos

Veterinary practices, Animal Hospitals, Animal Clinics, Zoos and other animal health care providers like you commonly generate expired, obsolete or short dated medicines that have no credit value. Whether it is prescription pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, or DEA controlled substances, you’re seeking a cost effective, safe, secure, and environmentally-sound destruction of these materials in a way that complies with both federal and state regulatory requirements.

Veterinary Pharmacy Returns

A Trusted Partner for More than 20 Years

Return Logistics International Corporation (RLI) assists these practices needing DEA compliant destruction and provides them with certified proof of disposal. Since 1996, when RLI opened its 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.

A Single Product to a Full Box

From a single product to a box full, RLI provides you with the peace of mind that any long-term liabilities associated with mismanagement of these products have been eliminated. And we offer simple, affordable, fee-for-service contracts. If you need to get rid of expired, obsolete, or short-dated

Here is how RLI can help your practice:


Easy and Straight-Forward

Easy, straightforward, cost effective solution for the destruction of your prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, confidential customer information and DEA controlled substances.

Fee-for-Service Agreements

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

Sustainable Waste Practices

Sustainable waste management, including the recycling of paper and cardboard packaging materials, then converting your remaining products into clean renewable energy through waste-to-energy incineration.

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.

Experienced and Specialized

Trust our experience, reputation and integrity from seasoned return processors and waste specialists who have well over 100 years of collective proficiency in 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

How do I go about returning expired controlled substances?
Our process is simple, contact us by phone or through our contact us page on this site and we will send you our account start up package, which includes a Fee-For Service agreement and inventory forms. Once we review your inventory, we will issue you a return order number (RON), which is your authorization to ship to us.
Can I submit one form for two different DEA's registration out of the same practice? Or does there have to be a form for each DEA? Can we put our meds in one shipment or does it have to be two separate shipments?
Great question. All of our reports reflect the DEA registration identified on the inventory the products were shipped under. If you wish to have all products reported from one DEA registration, you can inventory them together. If you wish to have them reported under separate registrations, we request you provide two separate inventories. If sending separate inventories, we will issue a return order number for each and ask that they be shipped independently.
I have a question about shipping the expired controlled drugs. Do you have a preference between UPS, FedEx or USPS?
We receive shipments daily from all three carriers; therefore, we suggest shipping to us by the carrier that is easiest for you.
Do you accept payment by credit card?
We accept payments by check or money order.
What is the difference is between a Full-Line Item and a Partial-Line Item in your agreement.
A full-line item is product in its complete package quantity and a partial is anything less than full package quantity or any substance shipped in bulk.
What are your current rates for controlled drug destruction?
Our pricing structure is a flat fee per return, a fee for each 222 form, a price per line item for validation of full and/or partial quantities and a price per pound for destruction. For smaller quantities, we have a flat fee that includes all of our services.
What methods are used to destroy our products? Are the methods you employ "green?"
All products received are destroyed via waste-to-energy incineration, were the heat created from the incineration is used to create steam, then converted into electricity through a steam turbine. Most states consider waste-to-energy a clean, “green” renewable energy.
We have controlled drugs that are expired and I have used you in the past. Can we ship to you again?
Absolutely, we value your repeat business. Generally, our agreements do not expire, so we will verify our agreement is current and the DEA registration we have on file is still valid. If both are current, you just need to send us your current inventory, we will review, approve and issue a return order number as we have done in the past.
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.

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