Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention & Stormwater

Product Stewardship for Pharmaceutical and Sharps Collection

Thursday, April 19
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Meeting Room 304/305, Sacramento Convention Center

CWEA: 1 Contact Hour

Studies show that 10 to 33% of prescribed medicines are not consumed. With a lack of safe and secure disposal options, consumers turned to trashing, flushing or storing them. Heidi Sanborn of CPSC shares experiences establishing pharmaceutical and needle take-back programs in California, including some of the challenges, successes, what’s to come.

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Heidi Sanborn

Executive Director
California Product Stewardship Council


Heidi has been a trailblazer in the solid waste industry in California for 25 years working as a consultant, then advisor to the Chair of the CIWMB, then the Director of CPSC in 2007 to promote the polluter pays model; she has since become an internationally recognized thought leader and driver for innovative product stewardship programs many of which benefit water quality and treatment such as safe medicine and needle disposal. CPSC was so successful they started the National Stewardship Action Council in 2015 to promote a circular economy nationally and are working around the country to promote voluntary and mandatory producer responsbility solutions for problem products that pollute water.


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Shannon Simmers

Regulatory Compliance Officer
City of Redlands


Shannon Simmers, Regulatory Compliance Officer at City of Redlands, is responsible for the Pretreatment Program and other regulatory requirements. She began in the ECI profession in 2014 with previous experience in inspection/quality assurance. She possesses an AS in Water Supply and certifications in wastewater, water treatment, distribution and stormwater. She is the Past Chair of the P3S Committee and is actively involved with CWEA. She is TCP Subject Matter Expert and was involved with ECI exam re-validations and study-guide revisions. In 2018 the CWEA Clean Water Magazine identified her as a 2018 Emerging Leader and also awarded the CWEA 5S.


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