The Bristol Resource Recovery Facility, operating as Covanta Bristol, Inc., began commercial operation in May 1988 on an 18.2-acre site in Bristol, CT. The facility processes 650 tons per day of solid waste into 16.3 megawatts of renewable energy. The plant is owned and operated by Covanta Bristol Energy under a 30-year agreement with the 14 communities that are members of the Bristol Resource Recovery Policy Board, a consortium representing the towns of Berlin, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Hartland, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Southington, Seymour, Warren, Washington and Wolcott. The towns have a combined population of about 300,000.
Covanta SECONN, SEMASS, Haverhill, and Bristol recently teamed up with Mystic Aquarium to launch a new, interactive exhibit designed to educate visitors about how discarded marine debris can be turned into clean energy. Covanta Cove exhibits a water feature depicting a local pond, a diorama reflective of a local Connecticut neighborhood, a scale-model of a typical Energy-from-Waste facility, and two giant, mobile claws. Visitors can maneuver the cranes to collect debris from the cove’s pond, and then deposit the “waste” into receptacles for processing at the facility. The “waste” powers the nearby homes with the energy produced by the Energy-from-Waste process.
Hauler Safety Appreciation Day
Covanta Bristol hosts an annual Hauler Safety Appreciation Day event for all the haulers that conduct business at the facility. This day includes safety reminders for haulers, a safety quiz with prizes and invited guests from the community.