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Energy-from-Waste Facility

Covanta Lancaster, Inc
Bainbridge, Pennsylvania

The Lancaster County Resource Recovery Facility, located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, began commercial operation in May 1991. The facility, operating as Covanta Lancaster, Inc., processes 1,200 tons-per-day of solid waste, which generates 35.7 megawatts of renewable energy. The energy is sold to GPU Energy. The facility is a "zero discharge" facility, meaning that all the wastewater generated on-site is treated and reused in the waste management process. Covanta Lancaster also uses secondary sewage treatment effluent from a nearby treatment plant for all of its process water. As part of the facility, there is a public drop-off center where residents can bring non-hazardous household items for disposal. 

Technical Data

Facility Address:  

1911 River Rd.
Bainbridge, PA 17502
(717) 426-4938


56 acres in Conoy Township, Pennsylvania

Commercial Operation:  

May 11, 1991

Energy-from-Waste System:   

Three 400 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system.

Boiler Design:  

865 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) /830°F superheater outlet conditions

Air Pollution Control Equipment:  

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

Rated Refuse Capacity:  

1200 tons per day

Energy Generation @ Rated Capacity:  

up to 35.7 megawatts from one condensing steam turbine

Sold to:  

GPU Energy