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Covanta Springfield

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Covanta Springfield

Covanta Springfield, LLC, also known as the Pioneer Valley Resource Recovery Facility, is compactly located on 5.3 acres in Agawam, MA. It commenced commercial operations in 1988. This facility combusts 408 tons per day of solid waste generated from its operations throughout Western Massachusetts, and serves communities in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition to the three units, the facility has an attached 500 tons per day transfer station. During its operating history, the facility has offset the use of 27,000 gallons of oil per day, thereby reducing the need for additional oil or coal-fired utilities in the sensitive Pioneer Valley region. This EfW facility was one of the first in the United States to successfully co-combust wastewater treatment plant sludge and fats, oil, and grease.

Commercial Operation:


Waste Processing Capacity:

408 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Activated carbon injection with dry lime injection, followed by fabric filter baghouse for fly ash collection

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three 136 ton-per-day Enercon (Pioneer Plus™) mass-burn refractory lined combustors with ash separating and eco/Tech sludge co-combustion (SRS) systems

Energy Generation:

Up to 9.4 MW of electricity

Awards and Recognition:

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

Community Initiatives


Connecticut River Watershed Council  

Covanta Springfield (Agawam, MA), located along the Connecticut River, has a vested interest in protecting the river from negative environmental impacts.  Covanta Springfield supports the Connecticut River Watershed Council in its mission to protect the river through annual financial donations, employee volunteerism and free disposal of the trash collected along the river.  

Covanta Springfield

188 M Street Extension

Agawam, MA  01001



Edward Porter


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 518-729-1307 or email Please use the word “tour” in the subject line.

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