A pharmaceutical waste stewardship plan outlines how a program operator intends to fulfill its responsibilities under the statute and regulations and communicates a course of action to stakeholders and the public.
The contact information for stewardship organizations can be found on the covered entities page.
CalRecycle Approved Stewardship Plans
Pharmaceutical waste stewardship plans approved by CalRecycle are posted below. Copies of documents not linked below may be requested via a Public Records Act Request.
- MED-Project USA (MED-Project) submitted its revised plan, titled, A Product Stewardship Plan for Covered Drugs from Households (March 9, 2022), including the following appendices: Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix E, and Appendix K. MED-Project submitted an addendum to Appendix C (March 21, 2022) that comprises additional information pursuant to California Code of Regulations sections 18973.2(d)(1)(D).
- Stakeholder Comments—CalRecycle received one stakeholder comment.
- MED-Project submitted A Product Stewardship Plan for Covered Drugs from Households (September 14, 2021), including the following appendices: Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, and Appendix E.
The Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation
- The Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation (The Foundation) submitted its revised plan, titled, Stewardship Plan for Covered Drugs (May 17, 2022), including a redline version of the plan and the following appendices: Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix D, Appendix F, and Appendix G.
- CalRecycle requests that comments are submitted to PharmaSharps@CalRecycle.ca.gov by June 1, 2022
- The Foundation submitted Stewardship Plan for Covered Drugs (November 19, 2021), and an addendum (December 16, 2021).
Stewardship Plan Process
- The program operator shall submit its proposed stewardship plan to the California State Board of Pharmacy (state board) for review, and to any other applicable state agencies with areas of authority relative to the stewardship plan, before submitting the plan to CalRecycle. The state board and other agencies have 90 days to review for compliance with laws and regulations related to the agency’s respective authority. The contact information for the state board and other agencies can be found on the Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship page.
- On or before July 7, 2021, a program operator shall submit a stewardship plan to CalRecycle for approval. The duration of time the California State Board of Pharmacy takes to review a stewardship plan shall not count toward this deadline. CalRecycle will review submitted plan(s) and provide a completeness determination within 30 days. If a plan is complete, CalRecycle will approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve a plan within 90 days of receipt of a plan. Consultations with other state agencies can extend CalRecycle’s review deadlines.
- Covered entities must be subject to an approved stewardship plan by January 7, 2022.
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This page provides a brief overview, and is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of legal requirements. Please refer to statute and regulations for a complete list of requirements. Users are encouraged to seek the assistance of legal counsel to comply with applicable state law based on their pertinent facts and circumstances.