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 ECOvanta, 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 can provide you with several transportation options to make collection easier. 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
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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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, we are able to provide refurbishment and resale opportunities while ensuring all hard drives have been shred or erased in accordance with industry standards.
The ECOvanta facility, located at 2209 S. 58th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143, has obtained e-Stewards, Responsible Recycling (R2), OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 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.
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.