350 North Falkenburg Road
Tampa, FL 33619 USA

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Covanta Hillsborough

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility that serves the community 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.

The facility is one of the first waste-to-energy plants in the U.S. to produce carbon offset credits for sale on the voluntary market. The credits represent verified reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions achieved by avoiding landfills and generating energy at the facility. 

Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes more than 544,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 462,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 90,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 47 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 22,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 26,500 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 17,000 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 Hillsborough Emissions Table 2022

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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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