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Secure Medicine Return in King County

As of January 2017, King County residents now have a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted medicines: participating pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and law enforcement offices will accept most prescription and over-the-counter medicines for disposal. The Secure Medicine Return program is ongoing and funded by the drug companies that sell medicines into King County.

Recycling locations in Washington by legislative district

Find a nearby recycling location for electronics and mercury-containing (fluorescent) lights, listed by Washington state legislative district (LD).

"Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED)" Paint Recycling event a big success!

The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) held a WRED event in Vancouver, WA on Dec. 1, 2016 to explore ways to increase paint recycling in Washington State.Metro Paint recycling tour

LightRecycle Washington update Dec. 2016

The LightRecycle Washington product stewardship program for mercury-containing lights recycled 899,871 mercury-containing lights between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2016, weighing 427,878 pounds!

Mattress EPR programs "fluorishing"

"Three years after California, Connecticut and Rhode Island passed mattress-recycling laws, statewide programs are flourishing under the management of the Mattress Recycling Council," says Sleep Savvy magazine. The new programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island have "recycled 1 million mattresses and box springs since the first program in Connecticut got underway just 18 months ago...

EPA names 10 chemicals to review under TSCA

Following Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Nov. 29, 2016 that it will evaluate 10 chemicals "for potential risks to human health and the environment." The ten include 1,4-Dioxane, Asbestos, and Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene (or "perc").

New book on product stewardship - the business case for lifecycle thinking

A new book by Dr. Helen Lewis, Product Stewardship in Action: The Business Case for Life-cycle Thinking, "describes how and why leading companies are taking responsibility for the environmental impact of their products and packaging... Unlike other resources on product stewardship and EPR, which tend to focus on the design or evaluation of public policy, this book highlights the business case for action.

TakeBackYourMeds now part of Washington Poison Center

As of October, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) became the owner and steward of the statewide medication take back location website, which includes a new interactive map of take back locations to properly dispose of unused medicine.

Job: E-Cycle Washington Specialist

The Washington Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill an E-Cycle Washington Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position in Lacey, WA. The position is open until filled.