Covanta partners with Massachusetts municipalities

Company to provide waste management services to nine municipalities.

April 23, 2014
Waste Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I

The waste management firm Covanta, Morristown, N.J., has announced a new partnership with nine Massachusetts municipalities for bundled sustainable waste management services. Covanta will provide waste disposal at its Springfield Energy-from-Waste facility (EfW), located in Agawam, Mass., in addition to other waste services.

Covanta owns and operates the Springfield EfW where eight of the nine municipalities have disposed their municipal solid waste since the facility opened in 1988.

Stephen Crane, town manager of Longmeadow, one of the municipalities that signed the partnership with Covanta, says, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Covanta that we believe provides our citizens tremendous value. Not only are we continuing to keep waste out of landfills by using energy-from-waste technology, but we are now able to add other waste and recycling services that will further reduce our impact on the environment. This also reflects a tremendous collaboration between the Western Mass region and Covanta.”

The nine municipalities will send about 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste to the facility, which generates renewable electricity for 5,000 homes. Covanta also will provide electronic scrap recycling, organics recycling, secure medication and bulk waste disposal. The new agreement is slated to begin in July 2014 with an initial term of three years followed by mutual extension options.

“Covanta is very pleased to have been chosen by these municipalities to provide the sustainable waste services they seek,” says Stephen Diaz, vice president, Covanta Sustainable Solutions. “By bonding together and partnering with us, they will be provided a suite of services that includes zero-waste-to-landfill, all in one agreement. We look forward to delivering the value that our bundled offering provides.”