2651 Blackbridge Road
York, PA 17406

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Covanta York

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in York, Pennsylvania, the York County Resource Recovery Center is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility. The Facility is owned by the York County Solid Waste and Refuse Authority and serves the nearly 450,000 residents of York County 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 440,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 427,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 83,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 42 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power over 24,000 homes for a year.

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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 York County Solid Waste Authority has submitted a notification to PADEP addressing RACT III NOx requirements.

a. Permit Limits are derived from USEPA standards for Large Municipal Waste Combustors (40 CFR 60, Subparts A, Cb and Eb).
b. CO, SO2, HCL and NOx values are the daily (24-hr) block averages for that day.
c. Opacity values are the maximum 6-minute average for that day.
d. All emission values reported in units consistent with the permit. CO, SO2, HCL and NOx reported as parts per million, dry gas basis at 7% O2 (ppmdv7), Opacity as %.
e. 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 hrs. 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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