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DEA Draft Rule for Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act

The Drug Enforcement Agency seeks public comment on its draft rule to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 and expand the options available to collect controlled substances - see the notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. Comments were due Feb. 19, 2013.

Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted a plan to "guide the state's management of materials and waste for decades to come," according to a DEQ Dec. 12, 2012 news release.

MMBC PPP Stewardship Plan

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) will continue to accept comments and questions on the Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan until Dec. 14, 2012. MMBC submitted the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Canadian Ministry of Environment on Nov.

Consumers Shop at Take Back Stores

The majority of consumers who use retail take back recycling programs stay and shop, according to a survey by the rechargeable battery stewardship organization, Call2Recycle. Respondents also said they have positive feelings about stores that offer such programs.

Public Review of Draft Mercury Lights Stewardship Plan

The Washington State Department of Ecology seeks public review of and comment on the Product Care / NEMA Draft Final Standard Plan (PDF) for the Washington Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program – comments due by the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

Go Green Radio: You Make It, You Take It (Back)

The Go Green Radio show with Jill Buck featured a Nov. 2, 2012, segment with Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council on extended producer responsibility (EPR), titled "You Make It, You Take It (Back) – Requiring Product Producers to Bear the Cost of Waste Management."

Washington Mercury Lights Stewardship Program

The product stewardship program for mercury-containing lights in Washington State begins Jan. 1, 2013. ProductCare, the stewardship organization, is seeking collection site partners. Visit

Workshop: MMBC Draft PPP Stewardship Plan

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) invited stakeholders to review and comment on the draft Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan. The workshop and web-simulcast were held on Oct. 29, 10am-4pm Pacific in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sample Resolutions in Support of Product Stewardship Legislation

The Council has drafted resolutions for Washington local governments to express support for Paint Stewardship and Rechargeable Battery Stewardship legislation.

Legislative Work Session: Integrating Producer Responsibility Into Existing Systems

The Washington House Environment Committee held a Sept. 19, 2012, work session to hear from experts on product stewardship and the current solid waste system. The work session, Integrating Producer Responsibility Programs into Existing Solid Waste Handling Systems, included six speakers.