Unused medications lingering in homes can rapidly lead to drug abuse and addiction; improper disposal by flushing drugs down the drain or discarding them in landfills threatens the water supply and environment.
Unused medications pose a very real danger, and the task of dismantling that threat can be a daunting one for any community.
Although there is heightened awareness among legislators and constituents of the need to be proactive in counteracting and alleviating these health and safety issues, the best means to meet that need is not always as clear. This is largely due to the fact that there is no “best means,” but rather a spectrum where the top solutions are as diverse and adaptable as the issues they are up against.
Covanta Environmental Solutions recognizes that and offers a wide range of DEA compliant solutions that are customizable for each community’s needs. These solutions provide a number of options to effectively reach consumers in safe and convenient environments.
We’re also available to respond to RFPs, provide training, create programs to help you support DEA compliant collection and destruction and aid you in responding to county, state and municipal Extended Producer Responcibility (EPR) legislation—all through a process that suits you best.
Covanta and Covanta Environmental Solutions have a long-established history of partnering with municipalities and managing public contracts for counties, towns, and states throughout the United States.
A Leading Provider: We are proud to be known as a leading provider of environmental solutions across a wide range of industries. Our services help solve some of the toughest waste challenges faced by communities and businesses alike.
An Established DEA Partner: We’ve been managing the secure collection, disposal, and irretrievable destruction of consumer-discarded and facility-generated pharmaceutical waste through our owned and operated network of DEA Reverse Distributors and more than 40 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities nationwide.
A Committed Neighbor: Covanta Environmental Solutions is committed to helping communities fight prescription drug abuse and the environmental impact of pharmacological waste.
Our Prescription for Safety (Rx4Safety) program, in partnership with the DEA, has provided safe disposal of medications collected at community-sponsored drug Take-back events. Since 2010, we’ve destroyed nearly 5 million pounds of community collected drugs with this program.
A Sustainable Solution: We not only safely dispose of unwanted substances, we also generate clean energy for communities like yours. Our Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities provide safe, environmentally-sound destruction that protects water resources, creates renewable energy and reduces the risk of drugs reaching the wrong hands.
A Recognized Expert: Using a closed loop process that minimizes diversion points and maximizes compliance, we collect, transport, witness and certify the irretrievable destruction of over 10,000 tons of controlled substances annually—that’s more than 20 million pounds each year!
For our services, we’ve been honored with numerous industry awards including:
We’re dedicated to working with you to provide convenient, cost-effective solutions that address your community’s needs:
With your community’s commitment and Covanta’s rich network of facilities and partnerships, we can alleviate the issues associated with unwanted pharmaceuticals—let’s work today to protect tomorrow.
“The public-private partnership between Covanta Energy and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is the model of how success can be achieved by working in a collaborative manner. Lives will be saved because of this prescription drug take back container and disposal program which is the only one of its kind in the nation. If we save one life, it will be worth it."
Our EfW facilities have the capacity to generate 9 million megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity. That’s enough energy to power more 1 million homes in the U.S for an entire year!