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Policy and Legislation

NSAC is tracking the legislation listed below, but has not yet taken a position.  Once positions are taken, it will be noted.

Federal EPR Legislation

EPR Legislation by State

California – 2017 State Legislation:

AB 1158, Assemblymember Chu (D-San Jose) Carpet Recycling  – NSAC Sponsored, SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR 10/14/17

This bill would create an advisory committee in the department to make recommendations to manufacturers and carpet stewardship organizations on carpet stewardship plans. The bill would require a carpet stewardship plan to include a process by which the manufacturer or carpet stewardship organization receives and subsequently responds, in writing, to plan recommendations from the advisory committee. AB 1158 was heard in the Assembly of Natural Resources Committee on Monday, April 3, 2017 and passed with a 9-0 vote. On Wednesday, May 24, the bill passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a 16-0 vote and passed the Assembly Floor with a 73-2 vote on May 30, 2017.

The bill was amended in the Senate on June 21, 2017. Some of the amendment highlights include:

  • Explicit rates and dates for recycling goals
  • Prohibits spending assessment money on incineration
  • Removes references to the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

AB 1158 was heard in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on July 5, 2017. The bill received a 6-0 vote to pass with no vote recorded for one Senator.

The bill was granted a waiver in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 28, 2017  as it was found to have not have a significant fiscal impact. AB 1158 was amended on the Senate floor September 8, 2017 and was passed on September 12, 2017 with a 29-10 vote. It was heard on the Assembly Floor on September 15, 2017 and passed with a 52-22 vote.

AB 1158 was signed by the Governor and chaptered on October 14, 2017.



California – Local Ordinances: 

Please visit NSAC’s Campaigns page for information about Los Angeles County’s proposed pharmaceutical and sharps EPR ordinance.

Also visit NSAC’s affiliate, the California Product Stewardship Council’s (CPSC) website for more information on California local ordinances.


Illinois – Local Ordinances:

Cook County, Illinois Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Ordinance – PASSED 10/28/16

There are currently not enough sites for proper disposal of pharmaceuticals in Cook County, which leads to unsafe disposal methods, or the stockpiling of dangerous drugs in medicine cabinets. To combat misuse of unused medication and to ensure safe drinking water, all Cook County residents must have access to safe, permanent, and free pharmaceutical drop off sites.

On 3/2/16 the Board of Commissioners of Cook County adopted a motion to refer this Ordinance to the Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee with a 14-0 vote, with three Commissioners absent.  The Ordinance was unanimously approved by the Committee on 10/26/16. Producer Registration opened 1/23/17.




New York – Local Ordinaces

County of Rockland, New York Pharmacy Take Back Act – SIGNED INTO LAW 2/28/17

There is over $1 billion worth of left over drugs thrown away, flushed, or stored in cabinets every year. In order to curb drug abuse and reduce water quality impacts, Rockland County now provides free access to safe drug take-back locations to residents.

Introduced by Legislator Lon M. Hofstein, the Pharmacy Take Back Act passed with a 15-0 vote on 2/7/17. Though the product stewardship plans were set to be due April 1, there has been an extension for these plans to be submitted in June.



Washington – Local Ordinances:

King County, Washington

On June 20, 2013 the King County Board of Health in Washington passed the Secure Medication Return Rule & Regulation to create a drug take-back program for King County residents. The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers. On November 27, 2013 four groups of major drug manufacturers sued the County. The suit was dismissed following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5/26/2015 decision not to hear industry’s legal challenge to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

Status – On October 16, 2015, King County approved the Return Meds LLC stewardship plan and rejected the King County MED-Project LLC stewardship plan. The MED-Project submitted a revised proposed stewardship plan for review in accordance with the December 14, 2015 deadline; King County accepted the plan in March, 2016. In April, 2016 the MED-Project plan was approved as the standard plan after the Return Meds LLC stewardship plan withdrew its proposal due to lack of producer support. Shortly thereafter, an implementation timeline for the program was reviewed and approved, stipulating a fully operational program by January, 2017.