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Covanta Bristol

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Covanta Bristol

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.

Commercial Operation:

May 1988

Waste Processing Capacity:

650 tons per day

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 system

Energy-from-Waste System:

Two 325 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system

Energy Generation:

Up to 16.3 megawatts from one condensing steam turbine engine

Awards and Recognition:

  • The Distinguished Business of the Year Award in 2010 from the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce
  • The Solid Waste Processing division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) cited Covanta Bristol for exceptional operational efficiency and environmental performance in 2008

Community Initiatives

Mystic Aquarium 

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.

Covanta Bristol

170 Enterprise Dr

Bristol, CT  06010



Larry Smith


Visit Our Facility!

If you would like an escorted tour of our facility, please reach out. We welcome the opportunity to show you how our resource recovery process works.

Click here for tour checklist (PDF)

All tours must be scheduled in advance. Please call 860-589-6470 ext. 223, or email

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