22 Sep '11, 6pm

A proposed federal law would give you free recycling for unwanted and expired medication. Would you use it?

A proposed federal law would give you free recycling for unwanted and expired medication. Would you use it?

A bill introduced in Congress this week would require pharmaceutical companies to set up and finance a take-back program for expired or unused medications. Photo: Flickr/Emuishere Peliculas Find your local recycling solution for medications Many consumers – even Earth911’s own CEO Barry Monheit – are stumped when trying to determine the most environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired or unused prescription medications: Do you flush them down the toilet or put them in the trash? Is there a local collection center that will safely dispose of the old drugs? Now Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., is proposing a new way for consumers to conveniently and safely get rid of old medications – to keep the pharmaceuticals from polluting drinking water and ensure they don’t fall into the hands of young people or criminals. Slaughter introduced new legislation to Congress on Mon...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/09/22/federal-take-back-law...

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