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Electronic Waste Recycling

The EPA states that electronic waste (e-waste) is the source of 70% of heavy metals in landfills. These toxic compounds, including mercury and lead, are an ongoing risk to our land and water. Furthermore, electronic media poses major security risks due to the proprietary and confidential data they may contain. Solutions that help organizations either reuse or dispose of old and unwanted electronics are a primary method of reducing these impacts.

In response to the growing need for electronics recycling, Covanta has established a business line that consists of specialists dedicated to safe, secure e-waste recycling. Our services keep pollutants out of landfills, reduce the effects of e-waste on the environment and prevent data from falling into the hands of those who might exploit it.  We work with many states, counties and municipalities to collect and recycle their old electronics. Our electronics stewardship and expertise with security and risk management have been demonstrated time and again.

We manage more than 15 million pounds of e-waste each year, and recycle or reuse more than 95 percent of that e-waste in accordance with our Mission Statement, Electronic Waste Policy and Safety and Health Policy.

We can provide you with several transportation options to make collection easier, whether that involves pick up or drop off. We work with our customers to ensure our processes are in accordance with their needs as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

We accept a wide variety of materials, including but not limited to:

  • Audio and video equipment, such as cameras, VCR/DVD players, speakers and projectors
  • Diagnostic / sensing / control equipment
  • Electronic toys and games
  • Metals
  • Computer equipment, including CDs/DVDs, printers, peripherals, mice and keyboards
  • Televisions, monitors and display devices
  • Personal devices, such as cell phones and cassette players
  • Office equipment, including typewriters, copiers, calculators and answering machines
  • Home environment appliances, such as air conditioners and space heaters

We offer secure media destruction to the standards of the U.S. Department of Defense by physically shredding hard drives and electronic media. Here’s our process:

  1. Remove all hard drives and electronic media from computers, laptops and other devices.
  2. Store the hard drives in a locked and secure storage box.
  3. Physically shred the hard drives, and separate the resulting materials into ferrous, non-ferrous, and plastic.
  4. Demanufacture all remaining e-waste items.
  5. Send the resulting ferrous and plastic materials to third parties for full recycling, including any cathode ray tube glass from old TVs.
  6. Send the non-ferrous materials to third parties to reclaim the commodities (e.g., precious metals such as copper and aluminum).
  7. Send wood and any remaining non-hazardous waste to our waste to energy facility.

With our experience in security and risk management, we know how important it is to obtain proof of destruction, so we offer special security and video surveillance for the destruction of highly sensitive information. Our security system includes:

  • Cameras with digital video recorders located throughout the facility, each with over 90 days of record retention.
  • Two layers of sensing and security equipment that controls access separately to the facility and to the e-waste area
  • Security guards who perform periodic site inspections during non-business hours.

We can also provide you with a Certificate of Recycling or periodic reports on the materials that are shipped and processed.

We also offer complete information technology asset disposition (ITAD) services for businesses, institutions, colleges and more. With higher value IT equipment, such as laptops and servers, after the hard drives have been removed or erased in accordance with industry standards, we offer connections with third party certified processors to refurbish and re-sell the equipment.

The ECOvanta facility, located at 2209 S. 58th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143, has obtained e-Stewards, Responsible Recycling (R2), OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications. We also audit all of our downstream recycling partners to make sure they follow our standards for sustainable management of electronics.

We do not burn our e-waste. We make absolutely sure that the only items sent for thermal destruction are post-recycling non-hazardous materials that can’t be reclaimed or recycled in any other way. And the thermal destruction itself occurs only as part of our Energy-from-Waste (EfW) process.

With our years of experience, multiple certifications and proven capability to manage your entire e-waste stream, we are your best choice for powering today and protecting tomorrow.

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Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) Service to the Community

The growing demand for proper recycling of electronic waste, or “e‐waste”, led LCSWMA to pursue a vendor partnership to ensure these materials are recycled and/or properly disposed of in a way that protects the environment.


Mission Statement Electronic Waste Policy Safety and Health Policy Certifications