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Cedar Kehoe, City of Elk Grove:  It is with much gratitude that we share this news article – Associate member Cedar Kehoe presented to the Elk Grove City Council, which voted to support SB 727 and to start installing Don't Rush to Flush medication collection bins around the city!  Thanks to Cedar and the City of Elk Grove for your support of meds take-back!
December 2013

Medications Are in the News!

Pharma Lawsuit #2
Four groups of major drug makers sued King County, WA for its med take-back program, arguing that the best way to get rid of meds is just to throw them away. Health board officials disagree and think the ordinance will hold up in court.
Water Treatment Only Removes Half the Drugs from Sewage
A report by the International Joint Commission found that only half of prescription drugs in sewage are removed by wastewater treatment plants. Ten years of data from worldwide wastewater treatment plants were reviewed and scientists found that many drugs, such as antibiotics, had even lower rates of removal. Read more here.
7th National Take-Back Day Collects 324 Tons of Unwanted Meds
The 7th DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26th removed 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of unwanted medications, making the event the 2nd largest take-back day since its inception in 2010. The seven National Take-Back Days in total have collected over 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons), demonstrating the need for permanent year-round collection. Read more here.  
Wisconsin Bills Would Authorize Collection of Controlled Substances
Wisconsin’s Assembly Bill 448 and Senate Bill 351 would allow the WI Department of Justice to authorize the operation of drug disposal programs to collect, pharmaceuticals, including prescription drugs and controlled substances, for destruction. 
Brazil Issues Edict for Pharmaceutical Industry EPR Plan
The Brazilian government issued an edict last month for the pharmaceutical industry to prepare an extended producer responsibility (EPR) plan to ensure the environmentally sound disposal of unwanted medicines and their packaging. The action is supported by the National Policy on Solid Waste, which authorizes the establishment of mandatory EPR programs. The edict (Edital No 02/2013) states that pharmaceutical manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers share responsibility for the collection and safe disposal of medicines.  It requires the industry to submit a comprehensive plan to address pharmaceutical and packaging waste reduction, outreach and education, drug diversion, convenient collection and disposal. Read more here.
Ireland Emphasizes EPR and Waste Reduction for HHW/Pharma
The Irish EPA released a draft revised National Hazardous Waste Management Plan which emphasizes prevention of hazardous waste. The Plan identifies four “priority sectors,” including, hazardous agricultural, healthcare, pharmachem, and household wastes. Among its 22 recommendations, the Plan includes substitution or reduction in use of hazardous products in public procurement, and assessment of certain hazardous waste streams (e.g., pharmaceuticals) for inclusion in new extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. Ireland has fewer than 4.6M people, compared to 38M in California – maybe California can consider this model?  Read more here.

Other EPR News

Washington E-Cycling Program Celebrates 5 Years of Success
Washington State’s e-cycling program has kept 200 million pounds of e-waste out of landfills over the last five years, with manufacturers financing the program. The majority of the electronics are disassembled for recycling locally. Read more here.
Recycling Reinvented Studies EPR for Packaging and Printed Paper
Recycling Reinvented is partnering with Nestlé Waters North America and StewardEdge to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for packaging and printed paper. The first working paper is available here. Read more about Using the Market to Get Better Results in Recycling from the Environmental Leader.
CARE Carpet Stewardship Plan
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) submitted a revised stewardship plan on Nov. 5th and it is currently being reviewed by CalRecycle. You can view the plan here. Visit CalRecycle’s Carpet Stewardship webpage to see public comments, including CPSC’s comment letter, and background information.
CPSC Annual Report Now Available
CPSC’s Fiscal Year 2012/13 Annual Report outlines the amazing work we have all accomplished together!  Please share it with your local elected officials and others to give them comfort their funding is going to good use, and to those who may wish to become funders in the future to show how cost-effective their investment in our work is.  Thank you for your continued support!
Green Thumbs Up
This month's Green Thumbs Up goes to Fireclay Tile for turning old TV/computer screens into beautiful household tiles! Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass is one of the hardest e-waste components to recycle. To learn more about FireClay Tile, click here.

Save the Date!

Refreshments with the Recyclers Annual Holiday Luncheon: Join the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce for festive food and drinks with Heidi Sanborn as the keynote. Wednesday, December 11, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Click here to register.
PSI Webinar: Strategies for Safely Recycling Used Fluorescent Bulb
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will host a free webinar entitled “Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps: Strategies for Safely Recycling Used Fluorescent Bulbs,” where webinar participants will learn what they can do to keep fluorescents out of the waste stream, Wednesday, December 11, from 11:00am to 12:30pm PST.  Click here to register.

Holiday Open House: Join us for an evening of appetizers, libations and festive fun on Thursday, December 12th, 5 pm to 9 pm. Hosted by the Edgar Institute, 1822 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.
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