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Subject:    SB 486-Sharps Manufacturers Collection & Disposal Plans due July 1
Date Sent:    July 15, 2016
From:    pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov
Message:   

Senate Bill 486, enacted in 2009, requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to submit to CalRecycle a plan on or before July 1 each year, that describes how the manufacturer supports the safe collection and proper disposal of sharps waste. 


Specifically, in accordance with California Public Resources Code Section 47115, pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell or distribute a medication in California that is usually intended to be self-injected at home through the use of a hypodermic needle, pen needle, intravenous needle, or any other similar device, shall, on or before July 1 each year, submit to CalRecycle a plan that describes how the manufacturer supports the safe collection and proper disposal of the waste devices.  

In an effort to ensure that all manufactures selling these medications are operating within compliance of SB 486, CalRecycle is reaching out to known pharmaceutical companies that may be affected by this requirement.  

We request that you either:

1)    Notify us if you do not sell or distribute medications in California intended to be self-injected at home through the use of these devices, or

2)    Submit your plan to CalRecycle.

As required by law, sharps collection and disposal plans will be posted on our website at:  http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/HomeHazWaste/Sharps/Reporting.  More information about the law, including guidance on what should be included in the plan, can also be found at this site.


 


Plans can be submitted to pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact CalRecycle staff at pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov.


 


For those of you who have already submitted your plans, thank you for your help to ensure the proper implementation of SB 486.


 


CalRecycle


Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch


1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


 



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