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100 Recovery Way
Haverhill, MA 01835

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Covanta Haverhill

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the Haverhill Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility that serves Massachusetts communities with reliable and sustainable waste management.

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, including OSHA’s stringent Voluntary Protection Program Star certification.

We are an active community partner and support a range of organizations and causes - everything from local river cleanups to environmental education and scholarships. Our work has recently been recognized with the John A.S. McGlennon Environmental/Energy Award for Corporate Leadership from the Environmental Business Council of New England and the Business of the Year award from the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. 

Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes more than 600,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 419,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s like taking 90,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 45 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 32,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 16,100 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 11,000 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.

The following data is presented in units required by the facility's permit as averaged emissions.

a. Permit Limits are derived from USEPA standards for Large Municipal Waste Combustors (40 CFR 60, Subparts A, Cb and Eb) or state specific limits if more stringent.
b. CO value is the maximum 4-hr block average for that day.
c. SO2 and NOx values are the daily (24-hr) block averages for that day.
d. Opacity values are the maximum 6-minute average for that day.
e.  All emission values reported in units consistent with the permit:
     CO, SO2 and NOx reported as parts per million, dry gas basis at 7% O2 (ppmdv7), Removal Efficiency and Opacity as %.
f. SO2 compliance is based on concentration (ppm) or removal efficiency (% reduction between inlet and outlet emissions).
g. The dash symbol (-) indicates that a unit is off-line, has insufficient data for a compliance period or is in an exempted period.

*Results are provided for informational purposes only. Data is posted 24 hours after completion of each day to allow for quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review.

Read the Continuous Emission Monitoring  System (CEMS) FAQs to learn more

For more information on facility performance 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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