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Secure Medicine Return update Dec. 2016

Kitsap and Pierce counties joined King and Snohomish counties in passing secure medicine return ordinances.

PaintCare Minnesota "greatly exceeded" recycling expectations

In its first full year of paint collection and recycling, the PaintCare Minnesota stewardship program recycled over 1 million gallons of paint, 26% more than expected, according to an article in the Star Tribune.

EPR program recycles 150,000 mattresses in Connecticut

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in Connecticut completed its first annual report in June 2016. Since the May 2015 start, the program recycled 150,000 mattresses through 101 free drop-off sites.

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