The Covanta Tulsa Energy-from-Waste Facility, formally known as the Walter B. Hall Resource Recovery Facility, was Covanta's first Energy from Waste (EfW) project, commencing operation in October 1986 with two boilers and a single turbine generator. A third boiler was later added to meet growing demands in the Tulsa area. Operating as Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, LLC, the 22-acre facility processes 1,125 tons-per-day of solid waste, generating up to 298,000 pounds per hour of steam. The steam is used to power a turbine generator that produces 16.8 megawatts of clean, renewable energy that is sold to Public Service Company of Oklahoma. However, on a more regular basis, the steam is sold to Holly Frontier, Inc., an independent refinery adjacent to the facility. The steam is used in their refining process, which offsets the need to use fossil fuels to generate their own steam.
Through their Rx4Safety and “Safe Trip for Scripts” partnership programs, Covanta Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics have successfully removed and destroyed over 85,000 pounds of prescription drugs and medications. This partnership helps protect rivers and streams from contamination, and is the safest, most environmentally sound method of keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of our youth and off the illegal black market, literally saving lives each day.
Covanta Tulsa, Locke Supply, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) have partnered on an initiative that invites citizens and contractors to responsibly recycle mercury by delivering intact, old thermostats to any Locke Supply location for recycling free of charge. Most recently, the collaboration was awarded Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s “Towering Spirit” award, which recognizes efforts that have gained far-reaching impact in the community.
Tulsa Beautification Foundation
Through the facility’s sponsorship of the Tulsa Beautification Foundation, Covanta Tulsa partners with local organizations such as Eugene Field Growing Together and Oklahoma City Public Schools to help clean up areas around schools and parks.