SOURCE: Covanta Energy

November 19, 2012 11:39 ET

Covanta Energy's Meg Morris Named Vice President of Materials Management

New Position Will Help Educate Customers, Clients and NGOs and Find New Opportunities for Sustainable Materials Management

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwire - Nov 19, 2012) -  Covanta Energy Corporation, a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, is pleased to announce that Meg Morris has been promoted to vice president of materials management, a new position at the company. The Materials Management division identifies the best approach in using and reusing resources most productively and sustainably throughout their life cycles, from the point of resource extraction through material disposal, ensuring they are reused, recycled or recovered with the least amount of impact on the environment.  

In her new position, Ms. Morris will be tasked with developing and implementing programs that address sustainable waste management needs. This includes assisting existing and prospective clients with waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs, coordinating community outreach and education programs -- such as those that focus on the removal of mercury, cadmium, pharmaceuticals and electronic waste from the waste stream -- and collaborating with NGOs.

"At Covanta, we are committed to furthering the practice and education around sustainable waste management," said Paul Gilman, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. "We are confident that Meg's in-depth experience will enable her successful leadership in further educating customers, communities, NGOs and the public on the importance of considering a product's total lifecycle and its impact on the use of natural resources. Our goal is to help people think more proactively about what products they use and how they can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover those products to have less of an impact on the environment."

Previously, Morris was the director of environmental science and community affairs at Covanta. In that position, she participated in the rollout and implementation of Covanta's Clean World Initiative, working on the company's community outreach and mercury reduction programs. She also serves as Covanta's spokesperson for the award-winning Fishing for Energy program, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing the effects of derelict fishing gear in coastal waters. Prior to joining Covanta, Morris was vice president, governmental programs at EAC Operations, Inc. Ms. Morris is a member of many industry coalitions and organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the PA Recycling Markets Center, the National Recycling Coalition, the Go Green Initiative, Inc., the Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations and is the president of MassRecycle.

Covanta's Energy-from-Waste facilities provide a safe, sustainable waste disposal method that reduces greenhouse gases and produces clean, renewable energy from municipal solid waste. The company's 41 EfW facilities in North America recycled more than 400,000 tons of ferrous and more than 15,000 tons of non-ferrous metal in 2011 -- the equivalent amount of metal needed to build five Golden Gate Bridges and manufacture over one billion aluminum beverage cans respectively. In addition, the company recently commenced the operation of a first-of-its-kind metal recycling system for EfW facilities, designed to enhance the recycling of small non-ferrous metals.

About Covanta
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