QUINCY, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - Covanta SEMASS, L.P. (Covanta SEMASS), a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation, a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy today announced a new agreement with the City of Quincy, MA for sustainable waste disposal at the Covanta SEMASS Energy-from-Waste facility in Rochester. The City of Quincy generates approximately 35,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually.
The agreement will provide Quincy with one-stop shopping for sustainable waste disposal and the potential for recycling services after the City's current recycling contract expires in 2013. Cities and towns across New England have responded enthusiastically to Covanta's bundled service offering because they are able to save money on disposal costs and get credit back in the form of a rebate for recycling. The new agreement with Quincy is slated to begin in July 2013 with the contract running for ten years with mutual extension options after the initial term.
Commenting on the new agreement with Covanta, Quincy DPW Commissioner Daniel Raymondi said, "The Covanta contract provides the City of Quincy with cost savings, continued dependability as well as predictability of our future solid waste disposal costs."
Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch added, "Our partnership with Covanta ensures that we are handling our waste in a sustainable manner by utilizing the SEMASS energy-from-waste facility and not landfills."
Quincy will continue to utilize the municipal solid waste transfer station in Braintree, MA which Covanta operates. The transfer station is currently undergoing construction for improvements including state-of-the-art design and technology to control odor from the facility and reduce noise from operations. The Braintree Transfer Station is a critical component of managing municipal solid waste from parts of Boston and a number of South Shore and local communities including Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth, Randolph and Waltham. Solid waste collected at the facility is transferred to the Covanta SEMASS Energy-from-Waste facility where it is combusted to generate clean, renewable electricity for approximately 75,000 southeastern Massachusetts homes.
"Covanta is excited to have the opportunity to continue its partnership with Quincy and to be able to provide a sound environmental solution for Quincy's solid waste. I would like to thank Commissioner Raymondi and his team for their efforts in facilitating the agreement over the past several months," remarked Covanta SEMASS Business Manager Thomas Cipolla.
"Covanta is thrilled to continue our relationships with City of Quincy and the tri-town alliance of Quincy, Braintree and Weymouth," commented Stephen Diaz, Covanta Energy vice president and regional business manager. "We look forward to providing world-class service to these municipalities at the state-of-the-art Braintree Transfer Station and our Energy-from-Waste facility in Rochester in the many years ahead."
The Covanta SEMASS Energy-from-Waste facility, where waste from the Braintree Transfer Station is disposed, provides southeastern Massachusetts communities with an environmentally superior alternative to landfilling their municipal solid waste. Operating since 1988, the facility processes approximately one million tons of municipal solid waste and recovers nearly 50,000 tons of recyclable metals annually.
Recovering energy from waste after efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle is a critical component of managing residual waste. For every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Energy-from-Waste facilities like Covanta SEMASS, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by the equivalent of approximately one ton less of carbon dioxide emissions. This is possible due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production, and the recovery of metals for recycling.
Covanta Energy Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta's 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid 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 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and approximately 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.covantaenergy.com.