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ReturnMeds, LLC stewardship program in King County to begin April 2016

Two stewardship organizations submitted revised stewardship plan proposals to the King County Secure Medicine Return (SMR) program for review: King County MED-Project, LLC was rejected while ReturnMeds, LLC was approved on October 16. ReturnMeds, LLC's approved plan is designated as the standard plan and the deadline to be fully implemented is April 13, 2016.

Vermont to begin first primary battery EPR program January 2016

The state of Vermont approved Call2Recycle as the battery stewardship organization to implement Vermont's primary (single-use) battery recycling program, beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Carpet stewardship, collection, and recycling

In September 2015, CalRecycle found Carpet America Recovery Effort's (CARE, the carpet stewardship organization for California's carpet EPR program) 2014 Annual Report "noncompliant because it did not demonstrate continuous and meaningful improvements toward achievement of Program goals." CalRecycle held a public meeting on October 20 to consider CARE's second

California Assembly hearing on EPR and Household Hazardous Waste

The California Assembly Waste Committee held an HHW/EPR (household hazardous waste and extended producer responsibility) hearing in Palo Alto, CA, on Nov. 4, 2015. The full, approximately 3-hour hearing can be seen on the California Product Stewardship Council's YouTube channel.

Chemicals in consumer products

Nicholas Kristof in the Nov. 29 New York Times wrote about endocrine disrupting chemicals and the state of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation.

Job: Materials Management specialists at Oregon DEQ

The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring 3 specialists in its Materials Management Section in Portland, OR, serving as senior technical experts in support of Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

BC gets an 'A' in EPR

The Province of British Columbia recently received the highest rating (A) from EPR Canada's 2015 Report Card, according to Solid Waste & Recycling, for following the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR implementation schedule "

Mattress recycling picking up

The Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) Connecticut stewardship program, Bye Bye Mattress, recycled 20,000 mattresses in their first three months of operation, May–July 2015.

80% recovery rate in first year of EPR for PPP

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), the stewardship organization for the packaging and printed paper (PPP) extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in British Columbia, Canada, released their 2014 annual report, in which they exceeded "the regulated target of 75%." — PAC NEXT fall newsletter

Orphan batteries and EPR

Rechargeable battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle explained the rationale for EPR programs: "all companies that put batteries into the marketplace should pay for the recycling. But approximately 30% of batteries we collect are from ‘free riders’ – battery brands that are recycled through our program but are not financially contributing to Call2Recycle...

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