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DEA National Take Back Day

On April 29, 2017, 10am - 2pm, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) will be accepting unwanted medicines at various locations nationwide in coordination with local law enforcement agencies. Visit NWPSC Medicines for information on efforts to develop permanent stewardship programs for unwanted medicines in Washington and elsewhere.

Recycling Reinvented to Analyze EPR for PPP

Recycling Reinvented has commissioned (PDF) a cost-benefit analysis of "a recycling system for household packaging and printed paper (PPP)" in the US using EPR. Results will be published in the summer after a peer review process.

Nestle Waters: Time for the Recycle Economy?

A March 7 article in CSRwire, Nestlé Waters North America Woos the Food Industry: Time For The Recycle Economy?, looks at Nestlé's efforts to improve recycling of packaging and printed materials, EPR, and the recently created nonprofit organization Recycling Reinvented.

KING 5 News: Leftover Paint Recycling

On March 1, Gary Chittim of KING 5 News covered the 2013 paint stewardship bill in the Washington state legislature and how it "would help many homeowners find a better way to handle leftover paint." However, this bill did not pass.

Legislature Debates Battery, Paint, Light Stewardship

A February 22 article in The SunBreak looks at the product stewardship related bills the Washington legislature is considering for rechargeable batteries, paint, and mercury-containing lights.

Wired Article on Packaging Design

A February 14 Wired article, Designing the Packaging-Free Future, looks at one designer's prototypes of reduced packaging for common products, including soap, tea, and garbage bags.

NW NAHMMA Conference Seeks Presenters

The 2013 Northwest Hazardous Materials Management Conference, on June 24-27 in Troutdale, OR, seeks presenters and conference proposals: submission deadline is March 15.

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.