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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste. The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave EPA authority to develop the RCRA program.


NYSDEC Announces Two Initiatives for Pharmacists - February 1, 2017

NYSDEC announced two new initiatives to help retail pharmacies prevent violations and protect public health and the environment. Under the first initiative, DEC is inviting pharmacies to participate in a special Environmental Audit Incentive program to improve hazardous waste handling. Under the second, DEC will work with pharmacies to support the collection of unused and unwanted drugs from consumers.

  1. Audit Pilot Program:
    If you would like to participate in the Audit program, please review the Resource Audit Agreement for Pharmacies, sign and return it to DEC no later than May 1, 2017. By signing the agreement, you commit to proactively adopt best practices, audit your operations, and disclose and correct any violations. In exchange, DEC will allow pharmacies at least 18 months to complete these activities and will defer inspection of any facility covered by the agreement during this time frame. In addition, DEC will waive monetary penalties for violations identified during the audits that fall within the scope of the audit agreement. While audit agreements may be submitted after the May 1 deadline, after that date DEC plans to begin inspecting retail pharmacies. Signed agreements can be mailed to Monica Kreshik, NYSDEC, Office of General Counsel, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1500. Guidance information can be found on the DEC website at

  2.  Pilot Take Back Program:
    If you are interested in participating in the pilot pharmaceutical take-back program, please visit the DEC website at to fill out an on-line application. Applications are due May 1, 2017. DEC is committed to offering pharmacies guidance and technical support.


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