Energy-from-Waste & RecyclingWe believe that recovering energy from the waste that remains after recycling is an important part of sustainable waste management and a key to reducing the hundreds of millions of tons of waste sent to landfills each year. Energy-from-Waste (EfW) takes non-hazardous waste destined for landfills, combusts it in specially designed boilers then recovers the heat to generate steam to use in energy generation or other industrial processes.
Our EfW facilities recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal a year that are typically left in the waste stream after normal curbside recycling efforts. Taking the time to focus on developing an integrated waste management program that includes reducing, reusing, and recycling followed by energy recovery means good things for the environment and for the economy.
Marion County, Oregon is an example of a community successfully leveraging EfW for recycling and sustainability success. The Covanta Marion EfW facility processes 550 tons per day of solid waste, generating up to 13.1 megawatts of renewable energy for Marion County. The county’s world-class recycling efforts aren’t impeded by having an EfW facility in the community. In fact, revenue generated from the facility has been used to finance the county’s world-class recycling and waste management programs. To learn more about Marion County’s recycling programs, check out this video produced by the “Green Economy” about Marion County’s waste stream.
In addition to our focus on EfW and supporting recycling, we are taking a proactive role to move up the waste hierarchy and reduce toxins in the waste stream such as mercury, pharmaceuticals and electronics.