July 19 - Pennsylvania Bill Takes Aim at Harmful Pharmaceutical Disposal
Submitted by Recycling News on July 19, 2012 - 12:49.
These unused pharmaceuticals often get thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet where they eventually seep into our waterways.
In an attempt to promote responsible disposal, the Pennsylvania House introduced a bill on June 12th that would make drug manufacturers responsible for providing unused medication collection sites.
If the bill passes, any pharmaceutical company who wants to sell within Pennsylvania borders has to participate in a pharmaceutical take-back program.
For manufacturers, that means establishing a minimum of one collection site in each county, two in counties of over 100,000 people, three in counties of over 300,000, and four in counties with a population of over a million. The bill is currently in the Committee of Health.
To address the same waste issue, California’s Assembly Bill 1442 would make pharmaceutical waste disposal easier and less costly for medical waste generators.
For years health facilities in the Golden State have followed strict guidelines for medical waste disposal, but with high costs and restrictions for compliance.
AB 1442, authored by Assembly Member Wieckowski, reduces disposal costs by allowing waste generators who meet certain criteria to transport medical waste themselves or to hire “common carriers". This bill will vastly increase the convenience of safe and cost-effective medical waste disposal.
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