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Pharmaceutical drugs

Pharmaceutical Waste Management: Flush, Take-Back Laws or Something Else?

How to best manage pharmaceutical waste has become a hot-button issue. In September the EPA proposed new Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals, which sets regulations on how healthcare facilities, including retail stores and pharmacies, manage and dispose of pharmaceutical waste. The EPA says its proposal would protect waterways, including … Read more »

paint cans

Paint Recycling Program Saves Local Governments Money

Nearly 80 percent of local governments that participated in the industry-run PaintCare stewardship program saved money as a result, with average annual cost savings of $151,905, according to a report from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). PSI released two reports to illustrate how the PaintCare program benefits retailers, residents, contractors … Read more »

battery recycling

Product Stewardship: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, which require manufacturers to fund and manage recycling and disposal programs for their products, are being implemented in many places around the world. Notably, Canada and Europe widely use EPR to manage waste and prevent pollution from hazardous waste. But EPR has been slower to … Read more »

mattresses

Carpet, Mattress Recycling Made Simple

Two how-to guides for recycling scrap carpet and used mattresses have been released by the Product Stewardship Institute. PSI says 50,000 mattresses are discarded each day in the US, or about 20 million annually. While as much as 90 percent of mattress components — steel, cotton and foam — are … Read more »

Drug Take-Back Laws Stand, Pave Way for More EPR Laws

Drug manufacturers will be required to fund and manage medication disposal programs, following the US Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the pharmaceutical industry’s case against a drug take-back law in California. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two other industry trade groups in 2012 challenged the … Read more »

Hong Kong to Build $550M E-Waste Recycling Facility

The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department has awarded ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions a $550 million contract to design, build and operate an e-waste treatment and recycling facility (WEEETRF) at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun. The WEEETRF will be able to treat 30,000 metric tons of e-waste annually, turning the waste … Read more »

First Statewide Mattress Recycling Program Launches

Connecticut has launched the country’s first statewide mattress recycling program. The program — which has become a model for other states — requires retailers to collect a small fee from consumers and use it for mattress recycling efforts. In other recycling legislation news, Upstream a US-based environmental organization, has released … Read more »

Capri Sun

Enviro Groups Put the Squeeze on Capri Sun Packaging Waste

A coalition of environmental groups is pressuring Kraft Foods to reduce its Capri Sun packaging waste. According to the Make It, Take It Campaign, whose 14 members include Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club Extended Producer Responsibility Team, Kraft’s Capri Sun pouches that are made by bonding aluminum … Read more »

Drug Manufacturers Responsible for Waste Management

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in San Francisco are now required to dispose of unused post-consumer medicine as the city and county of San Francisco becomes the third municipality in the US to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for pharmaceuticals. Alameda County, California (2012) and King County, Washington (2013) are the other … Read more »

Battery Recycling Model Bill Proposed

Four of the nation’s battery interest groups – the Corporation for Battery Recycling, battery manufacturers from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, The Rechargeable Battery Association, and Call2Recycle – announced the creation of a model recycling bill for consumer batteries June 12 at the Product Stewardship Institute’s National Batteries Stewardship Dialogue … Read more »