BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 26 (SIMITIAN),
HOME-GENERATED PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE
RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, under current law the California Integrated Waste Management Board is required to identify and develop model programs for the safe disposal of household-generated pharmaceutical waste; and
WHEREAS, under existing law a person is prohibited from disposing of home-generated sharps waste in commercial and residential waste collection containers after September 1, 2008, and
WHEREAS, the State Board of Pharmacy has indicated that the Business and Professions Code does not specifically authorize pharmacies to accept prescription drugs from the public and the pharmacies that operate drug take-back programs are in violation of the law; and
WHEREAS, San Mateo County’s own Pharmaceutical Disposal Program, created in 2006 has through the end of September 2008, collected over 9,190 pounds (or 4.6 tons) of volume diverted from solid-waste and wastewater streams; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 26 would authorize pharmacies to accept the return of home-generated pharmaceutical waste and home-generated sharps; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 26 would establish requirements for the management of waste that parallels that for home-generated sharps waste and defines “home-generated pharmaceutical waste” as prescribed and over-the-counter drugs derived from a household; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 26 would allow for grants provided by the Integrated Waste Management Fund to fund local government programs to help prevent the disposal of home-generated sharps and pharmaceutical waste at disposal sites.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED that the Board of Supervisors by the adoption of this resolution hereby supports Senate Bill 26 (Simitian) regarding home-generated pharmaceutical waste.
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