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Pharmaceutical drugs

Will This EPA Strategy Ease Hazardous Waste Compliance Burdens for Retailers?

To address a disconnect between rigorous federal hazardous waste rules and their real-world use, the EPA has proposed a Retail Strategy to help companies in the retail sector better identify and manage hazardous waste.

Pharmaceutical drugs

Massachusetts Mandates First Statewide Drug Take-Back Program

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in Massachusetts will be required to finance and manage safe disposal of unwanted medications under a drug abuse prevention bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. The bill, H.4056, An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention, makes Massachusetts the first state in the US … Read more »

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 »

Veolia Kurion

Veolia Buys Kurion for $350M, Expands Nuclear Waste Cleanup Biz

Veolia, the Paris-based waste and water giant, has bought Kurion, a nuclear waste cleanup firm based in California, for $350 million. Kurion was involved in stabilizing Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which failed after the 2011 tsunami. Veolia says the acquisition rounds out its nuclear cleanup services and it … Read more »

hazardous waste

EPA’s Hazardous Waste Rules Need Changes, Retailers Say

New hazardous waste rules will limit retailers’ ability to recycle or reuse unsold consumer products and pharmaceuticals and could cost retailers millions — if not billions — annually, according to a handful of trade associations. The EPA proposed the waste management regulations in September in an attempt to protect waterways and … Read more »

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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 »

Mettler Toledo Thornton

Real-Time Microbial Monitoring System for Pharmaceutical Waters

Mettler Toledo Thornton has launched its 7000RMS analyzer for real-time, continuous measurement of bioburden in the pharmaceutical industry. On-line monitoring of conductivity and total organic carbon (TOC) for pharmaceutical waters have been possible since 1996. However, determining microbial contamination has almost entirely relied on laboratory measurement of cultures. The time … Read more »

EPA Rules Target Hazardous Waste Management

The EPA yesterday proposed two new hazardous waste rules that the agency says will strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules aims to protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for … Read more »

Aeration May Remove SSRIs From Landfill Leachate

Aeration treatment may be an effective means of removing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) from landfill leachate before they reach the environment, a new study finds. SSRIs, generally used as antidepressants, are often not fully metabolized in the human body. When excreted, these drugs can end up in municipal sewage … Read more »

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Pharmaceutical Residue Creates New Wastewater Treatment Challenges

Pharmaceutical residue and other micropollutants are creating new challenges in wastewater treatment as well as environmental concerns. Water treatment and ozone technology company Primozone has been working with reduction of micropollutants in wastewater during the last year and has identified a need for increasing the knowledge about the problem and … Read more »

CDEnviro

CDEnviro Sludge Screening Technology Improves Pharmaceutical Efficiency

Waste reduction and recycling equipment manufacturer CDEnviro says its sludge screening technologies are improving operational efficiencies for the UK pharmaceutical industry. The company says its S:MAX more efficiently separates solid waste material from liquids, minimizing waste and maximizing the opportunity for material reuse. The S:MAX removes rag from sludge, either … Read more »