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Covanta Onondaga

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Covanta Onondaga

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility, operating as Covanta Onondaga, L.P., began commercial operation in February 1995. Covanta operates the 12-acre facility in Jamesville, NY, which controls the waste flow in the county and greater Syracuse region. The facility processes 990 tons per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 39.5 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy that is sold to National Grid. The facility is equipped with an air-cooled condenser used for condensing turbine exhaust.

Commercial Operation:

February 1995

Waste Processing Capacity:

990 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:

Three 330 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system, 39.5 (MW) from one condensing steam turbine generator

Energy Generation:

39.5 (MW) from one condensing steam turbine generator

Awards and Recognition:

  • Designated a Volunteer Protection Program Star facility by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety
  • New York State Environmental Leaders Founding Member 
  • 2012 SWANA Gold Excellence Award

Community Initiatives

Covanta Onondaga Webster Pond

Webster Pond

In support of Webster Pond, a popular fishing destination in Syracuse, NY, Covanta Onondaga matches donations made by businesses and residents to the Anglers Association up to $5,000 per year. These funds focus on an array of restoration projects for the pond and park, including making the areas more accessible to people with disabilities.

Mercury Drop-Off Events

Covanta Onondaga, in conjunction with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCCRA), sponsors and staffs an annual mercury drop-off event. Local residents receive a gift card for turning in mercury-containing thermostats or thermometers. 


For more than 15 years, Covanta Onondaga has provided resources and personnel as the largest benefactor of the Central New York Envirothon. This hands-on educational competition challenges student teams on their knowledge of aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and landscape, and current environmental issues. 

Covanta Onondaga

5801 Rock Cut Road

Jamesville, NY  13078



Stanley Longo

315-498-4111 ext. 3306

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 315-498-4111, or email

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