SOURCE: Covanta Energy; Covanta Onondaga

Covanta Energy; Covanta Onondaga

August 14, 2012 09:35 ET

Covanta Onondaga Awarded Top Waste to Energy Honors in SWANA's 2012 Excellence Awards

Facility Chosen for Outstanding Operations and Commitment to Environmentally and Economically Sound Solid Waste Management

JAMESVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - Covanta Onondaga, L.P., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation and operator of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility, is pleased to announce that the facility has been awarded the 2012 Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The facility serves Onondaga County and the greater Syracuse region with sustainable waste disposal, processing approximately 990 tons of municipal solid waste per day into more than 39 megawatts of renewable energy -- enough to power approximately 40,000 homes.

Covanta has operated the facility in partnership with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) since its inception in the mid-1990s. "Covanta is well-deserving of this prestigious SWANA award. Since startup in 1994, the facility's operational and environmental performance has exceeded expectations," said Mark Donnelly, OCRRA's Executive Director. "Covanta's strong partnership with OCRRA and willing cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory oversight is a recipe for success. Onondaga County reaps the benefit of energy production and well-funded recycling programs, thanks to the efficient processing of trash at this Energy-from-Waste facility and OCRRA's comprehensive system of 'green' services."

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.

"On behalf of all the employees of Covanta Onondaga, I am pleased to accept this award honoring our environmental, safety and sustainability achievements," said Kathleen Carroll Covanta Onondaga Business Manager. "We work tirelessly to operate in the safest and most environmentally sound manner possible and are proud of our work in the community to be a good corporate citizen and neighbor."

Covanta Onondaga received the award at the annual WASTECON conference in Washington, D.C. Covanta facilities in Fairfax, Virginia, and Marion County, Oregon, placed silver and bronze, respectively, in the waste-to-energy category.

"The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today," said John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA Executive Director and CEO. "Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens."

Since its inception, the Covanta Onondaga Energy-from-Waste facility has:

  • Converted over 5.7 million tons of municipal solid waste into approximately 3.6 million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy
  • Recovered and recycled more than 173,000 tons of metal, the equivalent amount of steel used to build more than 140,000 automobiles
  • Reduced approximately 5.7 million tons of greenhouse gases based on national averages, which is equal to avoiding the annual greenhouse gases from over 1 million passenger vehicles

Recovering energy from waste after employing efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle is a critical component of managing residual waste. On average, for every ton of municipal solid waste processed at energy-from-waste facilities like Covanta Onondaga, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by the equivalent of approximately one ton 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.

About Covanta
Covanta Energy Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale 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 almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit