170 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

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Covanta Bristol

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Bristol, Connecticut, the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility that serves a consortium of 14 communities that are members of the Bristol Resource Recovery Policy Board with reliable and sustainable waste management. Communities served include Berlin, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Hartland, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Southington, Seymour, Warren, Washington and Wolcott.

In addition to keeping waste out of landfills, we are committed to ensuring safe operations and minimizing environmental impacts. We have been consistently recognized for exceptional operations and community involvement, including the Distinguished Business of the Year Award from the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.

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Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes more than 243,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 216,200 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 34,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 16 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 8,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 5,200 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 3,000 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 Bristol 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.

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