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Covanta Delaware Valley

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Covanta Delaware Valley

The Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility is located in Chester, Pennsylvania and has been in operation since 1992. It is Covanta’s largest Energy-from-Waste facility processing about 1.3 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) each year. The MSW is processed in six boilers for Delaware County and surrounding areas that would have normally been sent to landfills. A 90 MW turbogenerator uses steam produced from the environmentally friendly waste processing boilers to produce over 645,000 MWh’s a year to serve the needs of more than 70,000 homes. As waste is processed, over 60,000 tons of ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (aluminum) metals are recovered annually for recycling to further reduce landfill disposal burdens.

Recent News

A Message From Covanta

In response to the recent article from The Guardian by Oliver Milman, “'Moment of reckoning': US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports,” Covanta wants to make clear that our facility in Chester, PA operates in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. Processing of recyclable material at the Delaware Valley Energy-from-Waste facility has not impacted environmental performance and our ability to comply with our strict air permits. We strongly believe that source separated material should be recycled and look forward to seeing reestablished recycling programs in the near future. Read More

Commercial Operation:


Waste Processing Capacity:

Approximately 3,500 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Each boiler has one baghouse with 1,440 bags and one spray dry absorber

Energy-from-Waste System:

O'Connor Rotary Combustor

Energy Generation:

Up to 87 megawatts of electricity

Awards and Recognition:

OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star facility since 2006

Covanta Delaware Valley

10 Highland Avenue

Chester, PA  19013



William Guill


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 Susan Bouyea at 610-497-8100.

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