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Covanta Hillsborough

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Covanta Hillsborough

The Hillsborough County Resource Recovery Facility, operating as Covanta Hillsborough, Inc., began commercial operation in October 1987. After a 2009 expansion that increased its processing capacity, the facility now processes up to 1,800 tons per day of solid waste. The facility, located near Tampa, FL, generates up to 46.5 megawatts of renewable energy and is owned by Hillsborough County, which supplies the waste processed at the facility. Covanta Hillsborough recycles secondary sewer treatment runoff from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant as part of its process water. It also maintains emissions control equipment in compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act.

Commercial Operation:

October 1987

Waste Processing Capacity:

1,800 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:

One 600 ton per day (5000 Btu/lb) and three 400 ton per day (4500 British Thermal Units per pound) waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system

Energy Generation:

Up to 46.5 megawatts

Awards and Recognition:

Designated a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety

Covanta Hillsborough

350 N Falkenburg Rd.

Tampa, FL  33619



Steve Abe


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 Hillsborough County representative James Ransom at 813-684-5688, ext. 43938 or e-mail

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