Covanta Energy Sweeps SWANA's 2012 Excellence Awards for Waste to Energy

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Three Covanta facilities recognized for outstanding operations and commitment to environmentally and economically sound solid waste management.

Morristown, NJ, October 2, 2012 – Covanta Energy Corporation, a world a leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, is the recipient of three 2012 Excellence Awards from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Covanta Onondaga, Inc. was awarded Gold, Covanta Fairfax, Inc. was named Silver, and Covanta Marion, Inc. received Bronze, all in the waste to energy category. The awards were presented at the annual WASTECON conference in Washington, D.C.

“The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today,” said John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens.”

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

“Covanta is committed to delivering a safe and sustainable method of solid waste disposal that reduces greenhouse gases and produces reliable, clean energy. We are honored that SWANA has recognized these three facilities for their outstanding operations,” said Paul Stauder, Covanta Energy senior vice president of business management.

Covanta Onondaga, L.P., located in Jamesville, New York, is the operator of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility and serves Onondaga County and the greater Syracuse region with sustainable waste disposal. The facility processes approximately 990 tons of municipal solid waste per day into more than 39 megawatts of renewable energy – enough to power approximately 40,000 homes.

Covanta Fairfax, Inc., located in Lorton, Virginia, is one of Covanta Energy’s largest Energy-from-Waste facilities, processing more than 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day into 80 megawatts of clean energy – enough to power 80,000 homes. The facility recently installed a first-of-its-kind metals recycling system designed to recover very small particles of non-ferrous metal.

Covanta Marion, Inc. located in Brooks, Oregon provides the 275,000 citizens of Marion County with a reliable and environmentally safe means of waste disposal. The facility is a key component to the county’s world-class integrated solid waste disposal system, processing approximating 550 tons of waste per day into 13 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity.

About Covanta

Covanta Energy Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta’s 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit


James Regan
Covanta Energy

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