Lessons Pharma Can Learn from the Battery Industry

Carl E. Smith

Twenty years ago, the US was facing enormous pressure to find a way to address the issue of hazardous waste, including batteries that contained “metals of concern” as classified under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. States were charged with implementing the Act and passed various pieces of inconsistent and complex legislation. The Battery Act in 1996 eased some of these issues, classifying certain batteries as universal waste and superseding state-passed legislation. I...
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