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Covanta Hempstead

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Covanta Hempstead

Covanta Hempstead Company, located on 15 acres in Westbury, NY, began commercial operation in October 1989. As Long Island's largest Energy-from-Waste facility, Covanta Hempstead provides environmentally safe municipal solid waste disposal for the nation's most populous township. It marks the first U.S. installation of a globally successful mass burn technology by Deutsche Babcock Anlagen. Covanta Hempstead accepts delivery of waste 6 days a week and processes 24 hours a day. Steam created in the combustion process drives an 80-megawatt turbine generator, producing electricity for in-plant use and for sale to the local utility. The facility is the cornerstone of Hempstead's integrated waste service plan that includes an extensive curbside collection system for recyclable materials.

Commercial Operation:

October 1989

Waste Processing Capacity:

2,700 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Semi-dry flue gas scrubbers injecting lime slurry, reverse air fabric filter baghouses, urea-based selective non-catalytic reduction systems for nitrogen oxide control, and continuous emissions monitoring system

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three 835 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Deutsche Babcock Anlagen roller grates and ash handling system

Energy Generation:

Up to 80 megawatts from one condensing steam turbine generator

Awards and Recognition:

  • Designated a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety. Covanta Hempstead received the very 1 st Star in the industry, setting an industry standard
  • 2014 SWANA Silver Excellence Award
  • Prosper Corporate Award

Community Initiatives

Covanta Hempstead Community Program for Veterans

Ton of Thanks

Covanta Hempstead presented the “Ton of Thanks” award to the Town of Hempstead for their exceptional leadership in mercury education and collection during such events as S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants). This award is part of Covanta’s celebration of removing over one ton of mercury from the waste stream through events and public awareness. 

Hauler Safety Appreciation Day 

Covanta Hempstead hosts an annual Hauler Safety Appreciation Day 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 Hempstead

600 Merchants Concourse

Westbury, NY  11590




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 516-683-5400.

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