On July 24, 2012, California’s Alameda County Board of Supervisors (Board) unanimously passed the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance (Ordinance), the first of its kind in the country. In general, the new Ordinance requires producers of all prescription and nonprescription drugs sold in the county to “participate in a product stewardship program to collect and dispose of unwanted products from residential generators.” The Ordinance offers two options on how producers may comply with this requirement:
1. Producers may operate a product stewardship program approved by the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health (Department)either individually or jointly with other producers; or
2. Producers may enter into an agreement with a stewardship organization, which will operate the approved product stewardship program on the producer’s behalf.