Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety): A Community Health Issue

When medications are improperly flushed down a drain or discarded in landfills, they enter waterways and contaminate surface waters, adversely affecting our drinking water and the environment.

Typical waste water treatment plants are not designed to remove drugs from drinking water. So when pharmaceuticals are disposed of improperly, it negatively impacts aquatic organisms, fish, and other wildlife. Not to mention the fact that unused medication in the household may contribute to growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans, particularly teenagers.

In support of national efforts to alleviate these issues, Covanta has developed the Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety) to provide safe, free disposal of medications collected at community-sponsored, drug take-back programs. Through our EfW facilities, we provide safe, environmentally sound destruction that protects water resources, creates renewable energy, and reduces the risk of drugs reaching the hands of our teens.

Since the program’s launch in 2010, Covanta facilities have destroyed over two million pounds of unwanted drugs and medications from collection events held by municipalities, community groups, and law enforcement agencies. To celebrate this milestone, we honored partners and advocates throughout the country with our “A Million Thanks” award. 

Rx4Safety - Matt Newman shakes hands with Police Officers