Program News

  • On August 21, 2020, CalRecycle initiated a 15-day written public comment period for the Third Draft Proposed Regulations for the 15-Day Comment Period, August 2020, for the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship Program. The comment period will end on September 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
  • Please see the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Rulemaking page for CalRecycle’s latest SB 212 implementation efforts. 
  • SB 212 (Jackson, Chapter 1004, Statutes of 2018) was approved by Governor Brown on September 30, 2018.

Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship

Why focus on Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste?

Unwanted and improperly managed pharmaceutical drugs and sharps present significant public health, safety, and environmental problems at the end of their useful lives. These include negative impacts to water quality, sanitation, and solid waste, hazards for recycling workers, and increased potential for accidental poisonings and abuse by persons for which the medication was not intended.

What is being done?

Governor Brown approved Senate Bill 212 (Jackson, Chapter 1004, Statutes of 2018) September 30, 2018 to establish safe and convenient disposal options for pharmaceutical drug and home-generated sharps waste.  See below for a timeline of major activities related to implementation of the law.

Rulemaking: Please see the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Rulemaking page for updates on the rulemaking process, including information about workshops, draft regulatory text, and other rulemaking documents. 

Anticipated Timeline of Major Activities

 

Pharmaceutical and Sharps Timeline