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By: Stericycle
Aug09

California and Oregon are the latest states to see movement on passed safe medication disposal legislation. California passed its statewide Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation Senate Bill 212 in August 2018. The state is currently undergoing informal rulemaking, which allows more opportunity for dialogue and influence by stakeholders. The formal…

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By: Stericycle
Aug08

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest rule will be in effect in various states beginning Aug. 21, 2019. The new regulations require retailers with pharmacies and many other health care practices to asses hazardous waste management procedures. Any missteps in compliance can result in costly fines and brand damage.…

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By: Stericycle
Aug02

From a single store to a large brand with a national presence, retailers face many unique challenges. Few of these challenges, however, have as much potential to impact a retailer’s brand and financial status as environmental and waste regulations. The rising focus on regulations and enforcement can result in fines…

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By: Brian Rees
Jul25

We continue to see more movement in states who have adopted the new Generator Improvements Rule or who have had activity and are anticipated to make decisions. Some states have moved up their anticipated rule adoption and others have moved it back. We will continue to monitor activity and keep…

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By: Stericycle
Jul18

We are continuing to see more states move forward with paint stewardship bills. Putting paint stewardship legislation in place requires states to have program maintenance, proper disposal based on type of paint and reporting on quantities. As we continue to monitor and report the progress of paint stewardship legislation, below…

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By: Stericycle
Jul15

With Tropical Storm Barry making landfall on the Gulf Coast, it is imperative that businesses of all sizes – from small to large quantity generators – are prepared for emergencies caused by high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding. The following tips will help you better prepare to protect your facility’s…

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By: Stericycle
Jul15

As of July 2019, there are 27 states pending adoption of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. This rule is a much-needed update and makes other rules easier to understand, facilitates better compliance, provides greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed and closes important gaps in the regulations. Two…

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By: Stericycle
Jul12

Oregon is the latest state to pass safe medication disposal legislation. On July 3, the state lawmakers passed House Bill 3273, which directs drug manufacturers to develop and implement drug take back programs to collect and destroy leftover medications from consumers. The bill is currently awaiting signature by Gov. Kate…

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By: Stericycle
Jul10

Last month, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) introduced the Safe Disposal of Opioids Act to Congress. The act, also called House Resolution 3171, amends the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to create a grant program at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help qualified settings acquire and maintain…

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By: Stericycle
Jul08

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published its highly anticipated final rule on the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. These new regulations require retailers with pharmacies to examine – and likely restructure – their hazardous waste management practices. Additionally, the rule also has implications for retailers without pharmaceuticals, as it addresses the reverse logistics…

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