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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Paint Industry Program Encourages Recycling

Recycling leftover paint is easier in Minnesota thanks to a program that allows painting contractors and households to drop off leftover cans of latex and oil paint at more than 100 retail drop-off sites throughout the state. The program will add an additional 60 locations by summer 2015. Gov. Mark … 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 »

Phone Book Publishers Lag in Environmental Responsibility, PSI Says

Fifteen of the nation’s largest publishers of Yellow Pages telephone directories have earned either failing or poor grades for their efforts to be more environmentally responsible, while a 16th received a mediocre grade, according to a new report card issued by the nonprofit Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). The Sustainability Report … Read more »

Connecticut Prepares to Launch Battery EPR Bill

Connecticut is planning to introduce the nation’s first consensus-based extended producer responsibility bill for both rechargeable and single-use batteries during its 2015 legislative session. Released June 11 at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s national battery stewardship dialogue meeting, the model bill was drafted by a group of … 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 »