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(a) Collection events.--A sponsor may establish a collection event for the purpose of collecting and managing solid waste generated by households that pose a risk to the public health, safety or the environment if managed as part of the municipal waste stream. A collection event designed for household hazardous waste shall meet the standards and requirements of section 205. 1 A sponsor may operate a collection event exclusively for household hazardous waste, exclusively for small business waste or for specified wastes from eligible entities.
(b) Hazardous waste.--A collection event that includes collection of household hazardous waste shall provide educational materials that emphasize home safety, fire prevention and pollution prevention in the home, including source reduction through the use of alternative less toxic products, recycling and proper disposal methods for waste materials that cannot be recycled. Waste materials collected from households shall be appropriately reused or recycled to the greatest extent practicable. The department shall issue guidance on proper management of household hazardous waste.
(c) Household prescription drug and pharmaceutical waste.--
(1) Programs and events conducted by the following facilities or entities are exempt from registering with the department prior to commencing operations as required under section 205(a):
(i) Federal, State or local law enforcement.
(ii) Hospitals, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, long-term care nursing facilities, hospice, domiciliary care homes and other similar health care facilities as defined in section 802.1 of the act of July 19, 1979 (P.L. 130, No. 48), 2 known as the Health Care Facilities Act.
(iii) Pharmacies licensed by the Commonwealth.
(iv) Resource recovery facilities as defined in section 103 of the act of July 28, 1988 (P.L. 556, No. 101), 3 known as the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, that collect expired or unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.
(v) Facilities or entities similar to those listed in subparagraph (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) that the department, at its sole discretion, excludes.
(2) The exclusion in 40 CFR 261.4(b)(1) (relating to exclusions) shall apply to unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products generated by households if the wastes are collected as part of a registered collection event or a program or event listed in paragraph (1), separately managed and destroyed in a manner that renders the drugs and pharmaceutical products nonretrievable through incineration.
(3) Expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products generated by households and collected as part of a registered collection event or a program or event listed in paragraph (1) may be destroyed through industrial furnaces, resource recovery facilities or any other facility that renders the drugs and pharmaceutical products nonretrievable to prevent diversion of the wastes for illicit purpose and protect this Commonwealth's water, public health and safety.
(4) Industrial furnaces, resource recovery facilities and other facilities that render the expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products nonretrievable must be compliant with the Clean Air Act (69 Stat. 1, 42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq.) and the act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L. 2119, No. 787), 4 known as the Air Pollution Control Act.
(5) Other than resource recovery facilities, facilities operating under the specific provisions of this section are not required to obtain a permit under the act of July 7, 1980 (P.L. 380, No. 97), 5 known as the Solid Waste Management Act.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Pennsylvania Statutes Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety § 6029.206. Household hazardous waste collection program - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/pa/title-35-ps-health-and-safety/pa-st-sect-35-6029-206/
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