Wholesaler or Distributor

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

The Return Logistics Advantage

Pharmaceutical wholesalers and distributors 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, these distribution centers seek a cost-effective, safe, secure, and environmentally sound destruction of these materials that complies with both federal and state regulatory requirements.

Return Logistics International Corporation (RLI) works with distribution centers that need 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.

From a single box to a truckload, RLI provides these distribution centers with the piece of mind that any long-term liabilities associated with mismanagement of these products have been eliminated.


Easy and Straight-Forward

Easy, straight-forward, cost-effective solution for the destruction of your obsolete consumer product inventory, including pharmaceuticals and personal care 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, including the recycling of pallets, paper, cardboard and plastic, then converting what waste is left 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 your customer’s brand identity while in RLI possession. Since our facility complies with DEA security requirements, our return center incorporates cameras, gated entrances, and vault/cages for your customer’s obsolete materials when quarantined awaiting destruction.

Experienced and Specialized

Trust the experience, reputation, and integrity from seasoned return processors and waste specialists, who have more than 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.”
Director, Client Relations & Professional Development

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

What types of waste can you receive?
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

Don’t see your waste/material on the list, call us at (912) 748-5100.

Are you flexible enough to just manage our returns and not handle the crediting?
Return Logistics’ expertise in managing product returns has been to focus on receiving, reconciling, reporting and destroying. We prefer to provide accurate return information back to our client for their control of their customer credit.
Can you manage a recall?
Return Logistics has executed the product waste and recycling of logistical packaging of many recalled products over nearly 30 years of service, including the management of sales representative samples from a major drug recall in 2004 and 2005.

In all instances, our recall involvement has been focused on keeping detailed and accurate records of the returns and providing destruction certification on behalf of our manufacturer and third party clients.

Are you a DEA registrant that reverse distributes DEA controlled substances?
Yes. We are registered with the DEA for the Reverse Distribution of Schedules CI-CV.
How do you manage the assured destruction of material?
We are advocates of the Zero Landfill because it makes no sense to waste the potential energy in a landfill.

Our hierarchy is focused on recovering all logistical packaging such as wood and plastic pallets, corrugated shippers, shelf cardboard, paper inserts, plastic bottles and the product is destroyed at either a waste to energy plant or co-processing cement kiln

Do you require a contract?
We do require a simple fee for service agreement between Return Logistics International Corporation and our clients. Our fee for service agreement has no expiration, has no volume or term commitment and no prepayment requirement.

Ready to Get Started?

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