Dec 21, 2010

Covanta Extends Prescription Drug Destruction Program

Company collects pharmaceuticals from take-back programs for proper disposal

Based on evidence of pollution in waterways and drinking water, as well as an increase in pharmaceutical drug abuse, Covanta Energy Corp. developed the Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety) to safely dispose of medications collected at community-sponsored drug take-back programs, free of charge. The program was set to expire in 2010; however, based on the program's success and encouragement by its partners and clients, Covanta elected to extend the program through the end of 2011.

Since launching the program earlier this year, Covanta Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities have destroyed more than 30,000 lb of unwanted medications from collections held by municipalities, community groups and law enforcement agencies around the U.S.

Take-back events, like the recent national Drug Enforcement Agency campaign and efforts by the National Assn. of Drug Diversion Investigators, provide a safe, confidential and proper way to dispose of unwanted medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements. Utilizing Covanta's Rx4Safety program enables groups holding take-back events to ensure environmentally proper disposal. Covanta Energy's EfW facilities provide safe, environmentally sound destruction that protects water resources and keeps unauthorized users safe from abuse.

In addition to managing the destruction of these unwanted drugs and protecting water supplies, collected drugs are used to create electricity. Covanta's Energy-from-Waste facilities reduce greenhouse gases and produce clean, renewable energy from municipal solid waste.