5301 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

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Covanta Alexandria

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, our award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility serves the approximately 400,000 residents of the County of Arlington and the City of Alexandria with reliable and sustainable waste management.

In addition to keeping waste out of landfills, we’re committed to ensuring safe operations and minimizing environmental impacts. We have been consistently recognized for exceptional operations, including OSHA’s stringent Voluntary Protection Program Star certification.

Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes more than 350,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 308,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 59,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 22 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 16,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 11,600 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 10,000 cars.

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Superior Environmental Performance

We care about our communities and operate well below emissions limits. Over 99.9 percent of what comes out of our plant’s stack is what you’d typically find in air - water vapor, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. The remaining constituents are well below federal and state standards.

Covanta Alexandria Emissions Table

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Process in Action

Waste-to-Energy: How Does It Work?

Waste-to-Energy takes non-hazardous waste - otherwise destined for landfill - and combusts it to generate steam for electricity generation. Ash is processed to recover metal for recycling while all gases are collected, filtered and cleaned before being released safely into the atmosphere.

Watch the process in action

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