Covanta energy-from-waste plants win awards

By Anna Simet | August 15, 2012

Covanta Energy has scored excellence awards for three of its U.S. energy-from-waste (EfW) plants from the Solid Waste Association of North America, recognition which was given at the annual WASTECON conference held in Washington, D.C. Aug. 14-17.

Gold recipient Covanta Onondaga LP in Jamesville, N.Y., is the operator of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility, which serves Onondaga County and the greater Syracuse region. The facility processes approximately 990 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day into over 39 MW, or enough power for 40,000 homes.

Silver recipient Covanta Fairfax Inc. in Lorton, Va., is one of the company’s largest EfW facilities, processing more than 3,000 tons of MSW daily to generate 80 MW, enough power for 80,000 homes. The facility recently installed a first-of-its-kind metals recycling system designed to recover very small particles of non-ferrous metal. 

Bronze recipient Covanta Marion Inc. in Brooks, Ore., provides the 275,000 citizens of Marion County with waste disposal, a key component to the county’s world-class integrated solid waste disposal system that processes approximately 550 tons of waste per day to generate 13 MW.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.