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Covanta Alexandria

Covanta Alexandria/Arlington, Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia

The Alexandria/Arlington Resource Recovery Facility began commercial operation in February 1988 and serves about 300,000 residents of the County of Arlington and the City of Alexandria, which jointly own the site. The facility's three, 325 ton-per-day furnaces process 975 tons of solid waste, generating up to 23 megawatts of renewable energy that is sold to Dominion Virginia Power Company. The facility is located on the smallest site of any of the Energy-from-Waste facilities operated by Covanta.

Technical Data

Facility Address:

5301 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 370-7722


4 acres

Commercial Operation:  

February 1988

Energy-from-Waste System:  

Three 325, ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system

Boiler Design:  

600 pounds per square inch gauge/700°F superheater outlet conditions

Air Pollution Control Equipment:  

Semi-dry flue gas scrubbers injecting lime, fabric filter baghouses, nitrogen oxide control system, mercury control system, and continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) system

Rated Refuse Capacity:  

975 tons per day

Energy Generation @ Rated Capacity:  

up to 23 megawatts from two condensing steam turbine generators

Sold to:  

Dominion Virginia Power Company