Covanta Energy Extends Partnership in Connecticut

Waste management firm signs 20-year agreement for waste disposal, recycling, electronic scrap and organics processing.

January 21, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Electronics Municipal / IC&I

Seated L to R: Timothy O’Brien Jr., mayor, City of New Britain; Art Ward, mayor, City of Bristol; Stephen Diaz, vice president, NE Region Business Manager, Covanta Energy; Thomas Dunn, mayor Town of Wolcott; Robert Lee, town manager, Town of Plainville.
Second row L to R: Cheryl Thibeault, business manager, Covanta Energy; Mark Bobman, executive director, BRRFOC; Theodore Shafer, first selectman, Town of Burlington; Sheila Tralins, vice president, deputy general counsel, Covanta Energy; Mary Ruder, NE Region Admin Assistant, Covanta Energy; Carol Skultety, Plainville town clerk.
Back row L to R: Robert Michalik, BFFFOC general counsel; Robert Chatfield, mayor, Town of Prospect; Theodore Scheidel, administrative assistant, Town of Plymouth; Garry Brumback, town manager, Town of Southington; Vincent Festa Jr., mayor, Town of Plymouth; Wade Cole, first selectman, Town of Hartland; Mark Lyon, first selectman, Town of Washington; Jack Travers, first selectman, Town of Warren; Anthony DaRos, first selectman, Town of Branford; Denise McNair, town manager, Town of Berlin; Joe Vitale, business manager, Covanta Energy Bristol; John Bruni, account executive, Covanta 4Recovery; Alan Lieberman, Shipman and Goodwin LLC.
Covanta Energy Corp. has signed a 20-year agreement with municipalities in the Bristol, Conn., area. Through the agreement, Covanta will provide waste disposal at its Bristol Resource Recovery Facility. Additionally, the agreement provides for bundled services including recycling, bulky waste disposal, electronic scrap recycling and the management of the region’s organics/composting.
The agreement continues a long-term partnership between Covanta and the municipalities that make up the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility Operating Committee (BRRFOC) that began with the development and construction of the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility in 1988. The existing “service fee” agreement will end June 30, 2014 at which time the new “tip fee” agreement will commence. Under the new agreement, BRRFOC municipalities will supply about half of the facility’s waste disposal capacity. 
BRRFOC processes around 650 tons of municipal solid waste per day into 16 megawatts of electricity. 
Covanta says that by including all facets of sustainable waste management in the bundled services agreement the municipalities will save money with stable, predictable rates over the 20 year life of the agreement. 
“When considering their options for the future, the communities performed a considerable amount of due diligence and we’re very pleased they selected Covanta to provide the sustainable waste management services they seek. Everyone involved in this project has enjoyed the benefits of our long standing relationship and we look forward to continuing and expanding our win-win partnership over the next twenty years,” says Stephen Diaz, Covanta Energy vice president and regional business manager.