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ECOvanta to Provide Responsible E-Waste Recycling to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority

Morristown, NJ, March 12, 2013 – ECOvanta, the electronic waste (“e-waste”) recycling subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation, today announced a new partnership with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) to provide e-waste recycling services for LCSWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. ECOvanta will transport the HHW Facility’s e-waste, including computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers and televisions to its Philadelphia facility for dismantling, shredding or aggregating for reuse and recycling.

ECOvanta is among an exclusive group of national e-waste recyclers that hold both e-Stewards and Responsible Recycling (R2) environmental certifications, the industry’s premier endorsements signifying responsible electronics disposal. The certifications recognize that the ECOvanta e-waste recycling facility fully protects human health, the global environment and security. ECOvanta is also ISO 14001:2004 certified and a member of the National Association for Information Destruction. In accordance with these accreditations, everything that comes through the facility is sold or recycled as a processed commodity.

“Covanta has been a valued vendor for the Authority for decades now, with operating our Waste-to-Energy Facility,” says James Warner, CEO of LCSWMA. “We look forward to establishing another successful partnership with their e-waste division.”

Covanta and LCSWMA have had a successful long-term partnership dating back to the early 1990s. As Warner stated, Covanta operates LCSWMA’s Waste-to-Energy Facility, also located in Lancaster County, which processes 1,200 tons-per-day of municipal solid waste and generates 35.7 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. This new agreement for e-waste will ensure that the 1.3 million pounds of e-waste collected by LCSWMA annually is recycled responsibly and sustainably.

“We are very pleased to broaden our 20-plus year relationship with the LCSWMA with this new agreement to sustainably handle Lancaster County residents’ e-waste,” said Gordon Burgoyne, ECOvanta director of business development. “We share the Authority’s commitment to providing responsible and sustainable management of municipal solid waste as well as e-waste and look forward our continued relationship.” 

E-waste is the fastest growing segment of the municipal waste stream in the U.S. with over three million tons of electronics generated each year, of which only 15 percent is recovered for recycling. The remaining e-waste typically ends up in landfills. However, because electronics can contain potentially toxic components, they should not be disposed of in the regular waste stream. In Pennsylvania, a new law called the Covered Devices Recycling Act prohibits residents from disposing of electronic devices in the trash. 

Located in Philadelphia, PA, ECOvanta is a state-of-the-art recycling facility serving the e-waste recycling needs of communities, businesses and government organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, New York/New Jersey and New England regions. The facility properly recycles electronic waste such as computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers and televisions, safely managing end-of-life electronics using a combination of manual disassembly and an automated shredding system to separate materials into commodities for recycling. ECOvanta also offers secure destruction services for customers who require assured and certified destruction of their electronic equipment.

About ECOvanta

ECOvanta is an electronic waste (“e-waste”) recycling business owned by Covanta Energy Corporation, a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. Located in Philadelphia, Pa., ECOvanta provides a one source solution for responsible and sustainable e-waste recycling and secure destruction services. ECOvanta has been awarded e-Stewards, Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO 14001:2004 certifications after completing a third party auditing process. For more information, visit www.ecovanta.com.

About LCSWMA

LCSWMA is recognized nationally for its leadership in the industry and innovative approach to waste management. It’s Integrated System consists of the following: (1) a Transfer Station permitted to handle up to 2,200 tons per day; (2) a 1,200 tons per day mass burn Waste-to-Energy Facility for the combustion of waste and production of electricity; (3) the Frey Farm Landfill, permitted for the disposal of 2,000 tons of waste per day; (4) a County-wide recycling program; and (5) a drive-through Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The Authority’s mission is to manage solid waste and recyclable materials in an environmentally safe, reliable and efficient manner. For more information, visit www.lcswma.org.

Contact

James Regan
Covanta Energy
862-345-5216

Kathryn Sandoe
LCSWMA
717-735-0188