Latest News

Recovery and Recycling Rates in Oregon and Washington

The Washington Dept. of Ecology notes in a Dec.

Pharma Asks US Supreme Court to Review Alameda County Take-Back Ordinance

In the wake of the September Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of Alameda County’s 2012 medicine take-back law, trade groups of the pharmaceutical industry petitioned the Supreme Court on Dec. 29, 2014 to hear their challenge to the law.

Counties Seek To Implement Drug Disposal Ordinances - law blog

In a Dec. 24, 2014 post, legal blog JD Supra does not look favorably upon the September 9th Circuit Court ruling upholding the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal ordinance, writing:

Oregon expands its electronics recycling program - article

The Oregon E-Cycles electronics product stewardship program will expand Jan. 1, 2015 to include the recycling of printers, keyboards, and mice, according to a Dec. 29, 2014 KUOW article.

Legislature to consider paint recycling program - KING 5 News

On Dec. 19, 2014, KING 5 News aired a segment on the paint take-back bill expected in the upcoming Washington state legislative session.

Carpet Industry Announces Voluntary Recycling Effort

The carpet manufacturing industry recently announced a "voluntary product stewardship" effort for carpet recycling, requiring participants to not support extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation.

Court Upholds Alameda County’s Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

On Sept. 30th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the pharmaceutical industry associations’ challenge to Alameda County’s 2012 medicine take-back law. The lawsuit against Alameda County is similar to a lawsuit against King County’s Secure Medicine Return Regulations.

DEA to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies - article

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released a final rule implementing the regulations of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which expands "the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for the purpose of disposal, including: take-back events, mail-back programs, and collection receptacle locations." According to a

"Carpet stewardship a wall-to-wall failure"

Guy Crittenden of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine concludes that "government-mandated product stewardship is precisely what's needed to change this moribund [carpet recycling] situation" after reading

DEA Takes Back Tons of Unwanted Medicines in Pacific Northwest

During the April 26, 2014 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local law enforcement agencies collected a total of 15.9 tons of prescription medications from WA, ID, OR, and AK residents. In Washington, 89 collection sites removed 8.3 tons from circulation, and in Oregon, 43 collection sites removed 3.9 tons.