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MEDIA ADVISORY

CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT * COVANTA ENERGY
For immediate release:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
James Regan, Covanta Energy, 862-345-5216 (mobile), jregan@covantaenergy.com

CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, COVANTA ENERGY AND ELECTED LEADERS PROMOTE FREE NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH RESIDENTS, HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, HOSPITALS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE

50 Sites across Long Island set to collect unwanted medications and pharmaceuticals for safe destruction at Covanta Energy-from-Waste facilities

***NOTE New Time: 12:00 Noon***

WHAT: In anticipation of the upcoming DEA Drug Take-Back Day on April 27th, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Covanta Energy are hosting an event at the Covanta Energy-from-Waste Facility in West Babylon, NY to explain and demonstrate the importance of proper disposal of unwanted medications and pharmaceutical drugs. Media attendees can interview experts and tour the Covanta Babylon facility to see how collected drugs will be destroyed. Unwanted pharmaceuticals will be incinerated at the event.

WHY: Whether flushed down the toilet, washed down the sink or thrown into the garbage, medications contaminate surface and groundwater supplies. Wastewater treatment plants are incapable of filtering out pharmaceuticals, passing it along to communities in their drinking water. Medications that wind up in landfills can also leach into groundwater. A U.S. Geological Survey study found that 80% of rivers tested contained traces of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, steroids, hormones and contraceptives.

The rate of prescription drug abuse is also growing at an alarming rate. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the average age when children start abusing prescription drugs is 12. Prescription drug overdoses now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined.

Covanta’s Rx4Safety program was launched as a direct response to evidence of pollution in our waterways and drinking water, and prescription drug abuse among our nation’s youth. The program provides free, safe destruction of medications collected at community drug take-back programs at Covanta Energy-from-Waste Facilities.

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013
 12:00 Noon  
***Remarks, interviews and facility tour ***

WHERE: Covanta Babylon
125 Gleam Street
West Babylon, NY 11704
http://goo.gl/maps/LpsSP

WHO: New York State Senator Lee Zeldin
New York State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney
New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino                                                                                                                                                                  Supervisor Richard Schaffer, Town of Babylon
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens for the Environment
John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Covanta Energy
 

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

Covanta’s four Energy-from-Waste facilities provide Long Island communities with an environmentally superior alternative to landfilling their municipal solid waste, generating clean, renewable energy for more than 100,000 homes and recycling enough metal to build tens of thousands of automobiles annually. For more information, visit www.covantaenergy.com.

updated by mmurphy  4/24/13