CalRecycle releases pharmaceutical disposal report

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 13, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A bill passed in 2007, SB 966 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), required CalRecycle to work with other state agencies and stakeholders to develop voluntary model guidelines for disposal of pharmaceutical items and report to the Legislature their recommendations for a potential implementation of a statewide program.

Two weeks ago CalRecycle submitted their first report. It found that local governments now fund more than 80 percent of collection programs in California and pharmacies fund another 15 percent.

CalRecycle recommended that the Legislature establish clear state agency roles and responsibilities, improve model guidelines and enforcement, convert guidelines to regulation and implement product stewardship.

CMTA will be following up on these proposals.

For more information, please see www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publications/General/2011008.pdf.

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