The Snohomish County Board of Health has passed a producer responsibility medicine take-back ordinance! This is a fabulous victory for the people of Snohomish County and a great step forward for all of us in Washington.
Zero Waste Washington has been working for producer responsibility for medicines in Washington since 2005. The Snohomish County ordinance is only the second in the state, following a similar ordinance in King County.
The cutting-edge local policy establishes a take-back program for unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medicines that is provided and financed by drug manufacturers. Residents will be able to bring their expired or unwanted medicines free-of-charge to convenient drop-off locations such as participating retail pharmacies and law enforcement agencies. The program is expected to be up and running by spring 2017.
We have lots more to do to achieve secure medicine take-back throughout Washington State, but this is an incredible step forward.
Huge thanks to all Zero Waste Washington members! We couldn’t do this important work without your support.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:49)