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DEA takes back 366 tons of drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) Oct. 22, 2016 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected and properly disposed of 731,269 pounds (almost 366 tons) of medication at almost 5200 collection sites nationwide. Washington state collected 9.6 tons, Oregon 4 tons, Idaho 1.6 tons, and Alaska 1 ton.

Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks

Walgreens installed "more than 500 safe medication disposal kiosks [in 2016] at its pharmacies in 35 states" for unwanted medicines, at no cost, during pharmacy hours, including 10 in Washington and 6 in Oregon.

Battery recycling in Vermont goes up under product stewardship

Since Vermont's battery product stewardship law went into effect in January 2016, requiring battery stewards to pay for the collection and recycling of their products, Chittenden Solid Waste District recycled almost 18,000 lbs. of used batteries, "well above its battery shipments for any recent year.

Job at Washington Dept. of Ecology

The Washington Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program is hiring a Statewide Resources Section Manager located in Lacey, Washington. The position is open until filled though initial screening was Nov. 10, 2016.

Zero Waste Living

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner takes us through the Zero Waste Movement in a YouTube video from the perspective of the millenial generation:

Secure Medicine Return update Oct. 2016

The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is considering a secure medicine return regulation similar to those in Snohomish County and King County, wh

Watch "STINK" for free through October!

The award-winning documentary "STINK!" can be viewed for free online through October 2016. "STINK!" follows the journey of Director Jon Whelan as he tries to uncover the truth about regulations in the chemical and cosmetics industry. Follow Jon through boardrooms, to back alleys, and the halls of Congress as he stumbles on a huge issue in America – which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe – by design.

Break Free From Plastic movement

An international coalition of more than 90 nongovernmental organizations, including GreenPeace, The Story of Stuff Project, UPSTREAM, and Zero Waste Canada, have set a goal to "work together to stop plastic pollution" as the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement. 

Packaging EPR in California?

In January 2016, CalRecycle held a Manufacturers Challenge workshop to seek public commitments from product manufacturers and brand owners as to how they would voluntarily reduce the 8 million tons of packaging landfilled in California annually.

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