About Covanta Harrisburg
The Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, located in the capital city of the State of Pennsylvania, began commercial operation in 1972. The facility, operating as Covanta Harrisburg, Inc., is the oldest operating Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility in the United States and is designed to process 800 tons-per-day of solid waste, which generates up to 21.8 megawatts of renewable energy. The energy is sold on the PJM market. The facility also has the capability to sell steam to the local steam district.
In 2007, Covanta became the operator of the facility and led a number of significant upgrades to improve the operating efficiency of the facility. In addition, Covanta Harrisburg operates an on-site solid waste transfer station for municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition material. Recovery of ferrous metals (steel) is also performed at the facility.
Since Covanta assumed operations of the facility, dramatic improvements in its performance have been realized. In December 2009, POWER Magazine ranked the Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility among six of the most innovative plants worldwide in the renewable energy sector.