Supermarkets Await Action on Consumer Drug Waste

Supermarkets have been at the forefront of recycling efforts even before the first bottle-return bill was passed in Oregon in 1971. Yet, missing in retailers' consumer recycling efforts are pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as veterinary drugs, fragrances and cosmetics. At first glance, the supermarket, specifically

Supermarkets have been at the forefront of recycling efforts even before the first bottle-return bill was passed in Oregon in 1971. Yet, missing in retailers' consumer recycling efforts are pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as veterinary drugs, fragrances and cosmetics.

At first glance, the supermarket, specifically the pharmacy counter, appears to be a logical and convenient collection point for pati

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