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21204 Martinsburg Road
Dickerson, MD 20842 

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Covanta Montgomery

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Dickerson, Maryland, the Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility. The Facility is owned by Montgomery County and serves its residents 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 560,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 453,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s like taking 97,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 63 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 30,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 13,700 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 12,000 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.

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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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