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Covanta Burnaby

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Covanta Burnaby

The Metro Vancouver Waste-to-Energy Facility, operating as Covanta Burnaby Renewable Energy, began commercial operation in March 1988. The five-acre facility is located in the commercial/industrial area of south Burnaby, British Columbia and processes approximately 25 percent of Metro Vancouver’s post-recycled waste, mainly from the North Shore, Burnaby and New Westminster. Each year, approximately 285,000 tons of municipal solid waste is converted into 940,000 tons of steam and up to 170,000 MWh of electricity, providing both economic and environmental benefits. About 9,000 tons per year of recycled metal is recovered at the facility. In 2006, a $7 million upgrade was completed to increase the amount of heat recovered from the waste, which in turn increased the quantity of electricity produced. In 2013, a $4.2 million upgrade on the air-cooled condensers was completed, further increasing the quantity of electricity being produced. 

Commercial Operation:

March 1988

Waste Processing Capacity:

850 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Flakt Dry Absorption Reactor and Flakt Pulse Jet Baghouse

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three Martin GmbH mass burn boilers

Energy Generation:

170,000 MWh of electricity per year

Awards and Recognition:

2015 SWANA Silver Excellence Award

Covanta Burnaby

5150 Riverbend Dr.

Burnaby, British Columbia  V3N 4V3



Stephen McKinney


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 604-521-1025.

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