Seattle-Area County Enacts Pharmaceutical Waste Law

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

September 9, 2013

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Seattle-Area County Enacts Pharmaceutical Waste Law

King County, Wash., has approved a pharmaceutical waste producer responsibility law.

The county, which encompasses Seattle, approved the law through the King County Board of Health. It is the second municipality in the United States, following Alameda County, Calif., to require that pharmaceutical companies pay for the safe disposal of leftover medicines, the board of health reported in an e-mail.

The take-back model mandated under King County’s new law provide residents with substantially more drop-off sites, as well as other options for safe disposal of pharmaceuticals.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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