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Covanta and the Durham York Energy Centre

Covanta is the operator of 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 the facility, Covanta’s community involvement, as well as background information explaining the state of the art EfW technology employed at the Durham York Energy Centre.

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


The Durham York Energy Centre:

  • Processes 140,000 tonnes of post recycled waste per year for the regions of Durham and York, which is approximately 35 truckloads a day.
  • Meets the most stringent environmental standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by keeping waste out of landfills, generating electricity, and recovering metals for recycling. 
  • Generates 17.5 megawatts of renewable energy—enough to power over 10,000 homes.
  • Created nearly 700 direct and indirect jobs during construction and more than 40 permanent jobs
  • Reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills. 

Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is a state-of-the-art technology that is better for the environment than traditional waste disposal and less environmentally intrusive than other renewable power projects. This presents a win-win for the Regions of Durham and York in managing 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 at the Durham York Energy Centre, read Durham York Energy Centre – Not an Incinerator