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Covanta Harrisburg

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Covanta Harrisburg

The Susquehanna Resource Management Complex, operating as Covanta Harrisburg, Inc., is located in the capital city of Pennsylvania State. The facility began commercial operation in 1972 and is the oldest operating Energy-from-Waste Facility in the United States. The facility is designed to process 800 tons-per-day of solid waste, which generates up to 21.8 megawatts of renewable energy. The facility also recovers ferrous metals (steel). Covanta Harrisburg has an operating agreement with the facility's owner, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

Commercial Operation:


Waste Processing Capacity:

800 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Consists of all dry flue gas scrubbing system for acid gas controls, baghouse selective non-catalytic reduction system for nitrogen oxide (NOx) control, activated carbon injection for dioxin and mercury emissions control, and continuous emissions monitoring system

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three 266 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with AIREAL mass burn combustion system

Energy Generation:

Up to 21.8 megawatts from one condensing steam turbine

Awards and Recognition:

  • Designated a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety
  • Named a Top Plant by Power Magazine (2009)

Covanta Harrisburg

1670 South 19th Street

Harrisburg, PA  17104



Kevin Connor


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 contact Allison Vollmer, Public Relations Coordinator, 717-236-0958.

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