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Covanta Montgomery

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Covanta Montgomery

The Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), operating as Covanta Montgomery, Inc., began commercial operation in August 1995. The facility, located on 34.9 acres in Dickerson, MD, processes up to 1,800 tons-per-day of solid waste, generating up to 52 megawatts (net) of renewable energy – enough power for 37,000 homes. All waste is first delivered to the Shady Grove Transfer Station in Derwood, MD, compacted into intermodal steel waste containers and then loaded onto railcars for delivery to the facility. This unique rail system allows the county to virtually eliminate truck traffic on the rural roads leading to the RRF.

Commercial Operation:

August 1995

Waste Processing Capacity:

1,800 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Semi-dry flue gas scrubbers injecting lime, fabric filter baghouses, furnace dry lime injection, Low-NOx™ and SNCR nitrogen oxide control systems, mercury control system, and continuous emissions monitoring system tied into the County’s website

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three 600 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system

Energy Generation:

Up to 63 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 Montgomery

21204 Martinsburg Road

Dickerson, MD  20842



David Blackmore


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 301-691-9001.

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