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Energy-from-Waste Facility

Covanta Lee, Inc.
Fort Myers, Florida

The Lee County Solid Waste Resource Recovery Facility, operating as Covanta Lee, Inc., is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and began commercial operation in December 1994 to serve the needs of both Hendry and Lee counties. The facility processes 1,836 tons-per-day of solid waste while generating up to 57.3 megawatts of clean, renewable energy with approximately 50 megawatts sold to Seminole Electric Cooperative. The facility uses secondary sewage treatment effluent (run off) from a nearby county-owned treatment plant for the majority of its process water. The facility is equipped with both ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (tin, copper) recovery systems to remove all metals from the residue.

As an integral part of the county's approach to integrated waste management, there is a materials recovery facility (recycling facility) and a public drop-off center adjacent to the facility where residents can bring non-hazardous household items and yard waste for disposal.

Technical Data

Facility Address: 

10500 Buckingham Road, Suite 400
Ft. Myers, FL 33905
(239) 337-2200


± 47 acres

Commercial Operation:

December 1, 1994

Energy-from-Waste system: 

Three 600 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, nitrogen oxide control system, mercury control system, and continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) system

Rated Refuse Capacity:

1,836 tons per day

Energy Generation at Rated Capacity: 

57.3 megawatts from two condensing steam turbine generator

Sold to: 

Seminole Electric Cooperative