Ogden Corporation (now Covanta) forms Ogden Martin Systems Inc. as its Energy-from-Waste division through its acquisition of the North American licensing rights to the Martin GmbH system of waste combustion, the most widely-used technology.
Ogden Corporation (now Covanta Energy Corporation) forms Ogden Martin Systems Inc. as its energy-from-waste division through its acquisition of the North American licensing rights to the Martin GmbH system of waste combustion, the most widely used technology.
Babylon becomes Covanta’s first zero wastewater discharge EfW facility in the U.S. – treating and recycling all water used in the combustion process. Covanta is also the first to remediate landfill leachate for reuse in the combustion process.
Covanta is the first in the industry to hold a Partner Community Conference (now referred to as the “Partners Conference”), bringing together client communities to discuss facility operations and technological advancements.
Covanta provides scientific testimony to the U.S. EPA leading to the passage of legislation in Michigan designating EfW facility ash as non-hazardous and directing that it be disposed of in specially-lined monofills. This is the first time a legislative body established ash policy based on scientific testimony.
Through its Stanislaus County Resource Recovery Facility, Covanta emerges as the only company in its field to commercially demonstrate the chemical reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) at guaranteed levels. Stanislaus is the first privately held and operated large-scale EfW facility in the U.S. to remove NOx from flue gas and the first to use ammonia injection for the reduction of NOx.
Covanta introduces its proprietary Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) system. The CEM system, the first to be used in the EfW industry, can improve the air quality by being able to automatically detect fluctuations in air emissions, making rapid adjustments to the pollution abatement system and alerting operators to any change in the plant’s emission status.
Covanta becomes the first to test powder-activated carbon with the U.S. EPA to validate mercury control with dry scrubber and baghouse technologies at the Stanislaus facility.
Covanta is the first in the U.S. EfW industry to perform and develop in-house safety management services without third parties. The program includes an industrial hygiene database and program and safety statistics. Covanta is also a pioneer with its extensive regionalized safety program.
The Lee County EfW facility (Covanta Lee – Fort Myers, FL) is the first facility to be constructed with mercury abatement technology already installed. Notably, this cutting-edge technology is implemented ahead of impending Florida mercury emissions guidelines for EfW facilities.
Covanta becomes the first EfW company in the U.S. to work in conjunction with a printer manufacturer to implement a secure destruction mail-back program for printer cartridges. Consumers are prompted to mail cartridges to the Stanislaus EfW facility for secure destruction.
The Lancaster Resource Recovery Facility (Covanta Lancaster – Bainbridge, PA) becomes the first EfW facility to install a furnace dry-lime system for the control of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride in tandem with a conventional semi-dry system.
Covanta becomes the first in the industry to assist manufacturers in meeting landfill reduction and sustainability goals by offering EfW services at select facilities on a contract basis.
Covanta Honolulu (HI), in cooperation with the City and County of Honolulu, joins the Nets to Energy program, a multi-partner marine debris program spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program which recycles marine debris into usable electricity. The initiative is the first of its kind.
Covanta becomes the first EfW company in the U.S. to test fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). FTIR is a cutting-edge instrument used to measure emissions more effectively to meet current and future requirements to measure emissions from the EfW process. Tests are conducted at Covanta Huntington (East Northport, NY) and Covanta Honolulu.
Covanta innovates with Low NOx (LN) and Very Low Nox (VLN) technologies. When LN technology is used in conjunction with the control systems already employed, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are cut to approximately half of current regulatory limits. The VLN technology has similarly dramatic NOx reductions while increasing energy efficiency, providing an additional competitive advantage. VLN technology allows facilities to achieve NOx emission levels 50 percent below permit levels.
Covanta leads the EfW industry by launching The Clean World Initiative to publicly affirm its commitment to both sustainability and continuous improvement.
Covanta Lee becomes the first EfW facility in the U.S. to have a permitted installation of FTIR.
Covanta creates its Boiler Reliability Program to improve boiler availability and productivity at all facilities, leading the company to the highest reliability in the electric power production industry.
Covanta joins the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. to form the Fishing for Energy (FfE) Partnership to move the Honolulu-based Nets to Energy program nationwide.
Covanta launches its safety awareness program “STEP-UP” (Safety Today and Every day is Paramount--Unleash the Power) to advance its culture of safety.
Covanta launches its Rx4Safety (Prescription for Safety) program to provide free disposal of consumer pharmaceuticals collected by law enforcement from consumers. Covanta is the first company in the U.S. to offer the service free to law enforcement.
Covanta Field Services North earns OSHA Voluntary Protection Program recognition, the first EfW industry mobile workforce in the U.S. to obtain this certification.
Covanta becomes the first EfW company in the U.S. to engage employees in monthly near-miss reporting as part its safety program.
Another first in the U.S., Covanta Haverhill serves as a beta test site for the installation and demonstration of a new continuous monitoring system for mercury, dioxin and particulate matter. Although the dioxin monitor still requires laboratory analysis, it allows long-term monitoring of emissions without a team of specialists. Data gathered explains the relationship between operations and emissions so facilities can consistently drive emissions toward zero.
Covanta is the first in the EfW industry to successfully complete commercial demonstration testing of a first-of-its-kind gasification technology.
Covanta introduces The Crane Game, the waste-to-energy Industry's first game app, available in the Apple App Store.
Covanta Plymouth installs an Innovative Mobile Metal Recovery System to recover more ferrous and nonferrous metal from residual ash.
Covanta opens its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Newark, NJ as part of a nationwide partnership between Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Covanta, to expand the CNG fueling infrastructure across the country.
Covanta tops 115,000 total downloads from the Apple App Store with the release of the "Sort n' Toss" recycling game for Apple and Android devices, Covanta's second game app devoted to sustainable waste management.
Covanta Delaware Valley is the first North American industrial company to install advanced water reuse technology, saving 1.3 million gallons of drinking water per day by reusing treated discharge water in its cooling system.