Covanta puts 17.5-MW waste-to-energy plant in Ontario into commercial operation

Covanta (NYSE: CVA) said Jan. 29 that has commenced commercial operation of the 17.5-MW Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) in Ontario.

Commissioned by the Regional Municipalities of Durham and York, the 140,000 tonne-per-year Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility is the newest and most modern facility of its kind in North America, utilizing some of the latest combustion and air pollution control technology available. Covanta’s operating and maintenance contract with the Regions of Durham and York covers an initial term of 20 years.

“We are extremely pleased that the Durham York Energy Centre has entered into commercial operation. This is a triumphant milestone for a complex and important project,” said Stephen J. Jones, Covanta’s CEO and President. “We are proud to deliver a world-class facility that sets new standards for emissions and efficiency and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the Regions of Durham and York.”

The facility processes municipal household waste left over after the regions’ aggressive diversion efforts, such as recycling and composting, to produce 17.5 MW of renewable energy, while at the same time, reducing the overall volume of garbage being sent to landfill by up to 90%.

Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal.

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