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.
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.