183 Raymond Blvd
Newark, NJ 07105

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Covanta Essex

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Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Newark, New Jersey, the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility is an award winning Waste-to-Energy Facility that serves 22 municipalities in Essex County and the surrounding region 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.

We are also committed to Environmental Justice and continuous improvement. Please visit this page to learn more about our work to reduce emissions and positively impact the communities we serve. 

For more information on the facility, click the button below for answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes up to 985,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 916,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 108,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 65 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 46,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 28,200 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 21,000 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.

For more information on facility performance click here.

Covanta Essex Emissions Table

To view our submissions to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, please click here

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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