The Essex County Resource Recovery Facility, is New Jersey's largest Energy-from-Waste facility. Operating as Covanta Essex Company, the Newark facility serves the refuse disposal needs of 22 municipalities in Essex County and the surrounding region. The facility opened in 1990 and boasts one of the smoothest plant start-ups in industry history. The facility was sponsored by Essex County and its design and construction employed the largest minority business enterprise plan in New Jersey history. Today, the facility combusts 2,800 tons per day of municipal solid waste and generates approximately 65 megawatts of electricity. The plant also recovers ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (aluminum, brass, copper, etc.) materials for recycling.
Covanta Essex and our Philadelphia Electronic Waste Recycling division have partnered with local organizations for an annual Earth Day electronic waste collection event in Newark. This event provides convenient access for area residents to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted electronics.
Covanta Essex had partnered with Covanta Warren and New Jersey Audubon (NJA) to restore nesting habitats for Chimney Swifts and Common Nighthawks. The first phase of the project involved installing nests for the Common Nighthawk on the rooftops of Covanta Essex and Covanta Warren in Oxford, NJ. With the assistance of an area Boy Scout troop and other community organizations, the second phase of the project will include the construction and installation of structures resembling chimneys made of wood.
Prescription for Safety
Covanta Essex, along with our other NJ facilities, has partnered with the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs for Project Medicine Drop. This program provides secure drop boxes at police departments across the state so citizens can dispose of prescription drugs anonymously. Covanta destroys these medications throughout New Jersey at no cost to taxpayers or participating police departments.