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Covanta and the Durham York Energy Centre

Covanta will design, construct and operate the Durham York Energy Centre, a municipally-owned 140,000 tonne-per-year Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility in the Clarington Business Park, in the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada.

This site provides information on construction progress, on schedule for completion at the end of 2014, jobs, Covanta’s community involvement, as well as background information explaining the state of the art EfW technology  Covanta will employ to operate the Durham York Energy Centre.

For detailed information on the history of the Durham York Energy Centre, please visit the Durham Region’s waste management website - 

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The Durham York Energy Centre will:

  • Process 140,000 tonnes of post recycled waste per year for the regions of Durham and York, which is approximately 35 truckloads a day.
  • Meet the most stringent environmental standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by keeping waste out of landfills, generating electricity, and recovering metals for recycling. 
  • Generate 17.5 megawatts of renewable energy—enough to power 12,000 to 14,000 homes.
  • Create nearly 700 direct and indirect jobs during construction and more than 40 permanent plant operator jobs when the Centre comes online.
  • Reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills. 

Durham York

Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is a state of the art technology that is better for our environment than traditional waste disposal and less environmentally intrusive than other renewable power projects. This presents a win-win for municipalities that employ EfW to manage their municipal solid waste: clean disposal of garbage while generating renewable electricity. In addition, EfW is able to recycle otherwise unrecoverable metals by retrieving them from the ash that remains at the end of the process, further improving recycling rates. The remaining ash can be used as filler in construction materials such as concrete or roads, and used as cover for landfills rather than newly mined gravel. To learn more about the state-of-the-art EfW technology that Covanta is constructing for the Durham York Energy Centre, read Durham York Energy Centre – Not an Incinerator