SOURCE: Covanta Energy

Covanta Energy

October 15, 2013 14:31 ET

Join Covanta, the Product Stewardship Institute and Experts on Oct 16th for a Webinar Roundtable on the Proper Management and Safe Disposal of Unwanted Prescription Medications

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) -  Every 14 minutes an American dies from a drug overdose1. Unintentional prescription overdoses now kill more Americans than cocaine and heroin combined2. In commemoration of the milestone attainment of the successful destruction of one million pounds of unwanted prescription medication, Covanta Energy and its nationally recognized Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety™) will be sponsoring the webinar, Reducing Risks of Unmanaged Medications on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, in association with the Product Stewardship Institute. The webinar will explore the health, safety and environmental issues of pharmaceutical waste disposal; the role of Energy-from-Waste in drug destruction; and the potential impacts of the highly anticipated rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) governing how pharmaceuticals may be collected.

The conversation will be moderated by Scott Cassel, CEO of Product Stewardship Institute and includes the following speakers: Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director at California Product Stewardship Council; Margaret Shield, Policy Liaison at King County, WA Local Hazardous Waste Management Program; John G. Waffenschmidt, VP of Covanta Energy; and R. Darrell Weaver, Director at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. This web conference is free for all participants. To register please visit - Reducing Risks of Unmanaged Medications.

When flushed down the drain or disposed of in landfills, medications enter waterways and contaminate surface waters. In addition, unused medication remaining in the household is a significant contributor to the growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans. To help mitigate these risks, Covanta developed the Rx4Safety program in 2010. Rx4Safety has benefitted from a shared commitment with prestigious organizations and individuals across the country to keep unused and expired prescription drugs out of the hands of our nation's youth and out of our drinking water.

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About the Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety)
Covanta's Rx4Safety program assists groups holding drug take-back events with environmentally sound disposal of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements using the Energy-from-Waste process to protect our water supply, while creating clean electricity in the process. 

Municipalities interested in participating in Covanta's program must obtain appropriate regulatory approvals to ensure that such wastes are not classified as hazardous waste from a federal, state, or local perspective. Each prospective program is subject to a due diligence review by Covanta Energy.

About Covanta
Covanta is a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. The Company's 45 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle over 430,000 tons of metal. Energy-from-Waste facilities reduce greenhouse gases, complement recycling and are a critical component to sustainable solid waste management. For more information, visit

About the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. Founded in 2000, PSI brings together key stakeholders with varying interests to develop product end-of-life solutions in a collaborative manner, with a focus on having manufacturers assume primary financial and managerial responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products. With a robust membership base of 47 state governments and over 230 local governments, as well as partnerships with more than 95 companies, organizations, universities, and non-U.S. governments, PSI advances both voluntary programs and legislation to promote industry-led product stewardship initiatives. For more information, visit PSI online at You can also follow PSI on Twitter at and on Facebook at

1 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2013). Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths.

2 Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011, November). Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.