Description

Senate Bill (SB) 212 (Jackson, Chapter 1004, Statutes of 2018) was enacted on September 30, 2018 to establish safe and convenient collection and disposal options for home-generated pharmaceutical drug and sharps waste. CalRecycle is required to adopt regulations for the implementation of SB 212 by January 1, 2021.

SB 212 requires covered entities, individually or through a stewardship organization, to design, submit, fund, and implement stewardship plans to achieve the statute’s goals. Covered entities, through a tiered definition in the statute, can be manufacturers, distributors, re-packagers, or the owner or licensee of a covered product. The statute requires retail pharmacy chains to make a reasonable effort to participate as a collector of covered drugs, and, if there are not at least five collection locations in a county, that 15% of each retail pharmacy chain’s store locations must be a collection location. SB 212 also requires the creation of a mail-back program for home generated sharps waste.

CalRecycle will promulgate regulations in consultation with the California State Board of Pharmacy and other interested agencies and stakeholders.

Current Status and Documents

  • A Request for Approval to Initiate Formal Rulemaking for Pharmaceutical and Sharps Stewardship Program will be presented at the CalRecycle Monthly Meeting on October 15, 2019 .

Stakeholder Input

  • Comments (PDF) received in response to CalRecycle’s SB 212 January 30, 2019 and February 27, 2019 informal rulemaking workshops. 
  • Comments (PDF) received in response to CalRecycle’s SB 212 May 17, 2019 and June 17, 2019 informal rulemaking workshops.  

Rulemaking Documents

Additional Documents

This section lists additional documents relied upon by CalRecycle in developing the regulations.

Rulemaking History

  • June 17, 2019: CalRecycle held an informal rulemaking workshop to solicit stakeholder feedback on informal draft regulatory text.
  • May 17, 2019: CalRecycle held an informal rulemaking workshop to solicit stakeholder feedback on informal draft regulatory text 
  • February 27, 2019: CalRecycle held an informal rulemaking workshop to present draft regulatory concepts and solicit stakeholder feedback on Articles 4-7.
  • January 30, 2019: CalRecycle held an informal rulemaking workshop to present draft regulatory concepts and solicit stakeholder feedback on Articles 1-3.
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Contact

For more information, contact the pharmaceutical and sharps team at pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov.



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