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By: Marcos Dominguez
Apr23

States are continuing to introduce legislation defining and addressing the requirements for unwanted medication collection. As we mentioned in last month’s blog post on this topic, several of these bills are still in the very initial stages. However, the following states and territories have introduced new legislation for various types…

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By: Stericycle
Apr16

On October 28, 2016, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule intended to provide more clarity and flexibility to businesses. The final rule includes more than 60 changes to the Hazardous Waste Generator program first introduced in 1980 under the Resource Conservation and…

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By: Stericycle
Apr07

Since last month’s blog post reviewing the latest state Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bills under consideration, several more U.S. states have introduced EPR legislation. Some of these bills are still in the initial stages, but the following states are considering the implementation of various EPR programs: Full EPR process for…

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By: Stericycle
Mar14

In 2012, Alameda, Calif. passed the first pharmaceutical takeback ordinance in the nation. The Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund and manage the safe collection and disposal of unused medications. Since this initial legislation was passed, many other counties and states across the country have introduced similar…

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By: Stericycle
Mar10

In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented a ban on 19 chemicals typically found in over-the-counter antibacterial soaps, including the most commonly used ingredients – triclosan and triclocarban. Manufacturers were ultimately unable to demonstrate that the ingredients were both safe for long-term daily use and more…

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By: Stericycle
Mar08

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) refers to the policy approach under which producers are given a significant responsibility for the treatment and/or disposal of post-consumer products. Some bills are still in the very early stages, but the following states are considering the implementation of EPR programs: Programs for the management of…

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By: Stericycle
Mar06

On January 30, 2017, President Trump introduced an executive order intended to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs. The executive order requires federal agencies to identify two prior issued regulations for elimination for every one new proposed regulation. In other words, whenever an executive department or agency proposes a new…

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By: Stericycle
Jun28

Summer vacations are here, which means it’s the perfect time to safely and compliantly dispose of hazardous waste collected throughout the academic year. Colleges and universities, especially those that conduct a significant amount of laboratory research, have vast amounts of hazardous materials on campus.  With the diversity of materials needed…

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By: Stericycle
Jun15

The management of retail hazardous waste has changed dramatically since more regular oversight of the industry began several decades ago. From relatively quiet beginnings, retail hazardous waste issues have expanded to become a more regularly enforced environment in which retailers must be cognizant of federal, state and local laws and…

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By: Stericycle
Jun08

A number of factors are currently disrupting retail and changing long-established standards in the industry. These include changing technology, new supply chain models and well informed consumers empowered with information on retailers’ business practices, just to name a few. Economic conditions are improving, yet other indicators such as shifting consumer…

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