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Covanta Extends Waste to Energy Contract in Southeastern Connecticut

Covanta, has signed a new agreement for sustainable waste disposal at the Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility (SECONN) located in Preston, Connecticut.


New Jersey based waste to energy and recycling firm, Covanta, has signed a new agreement for sustainable waste disposal at the Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility (SECONN) located in Preston, Connecticut.

The company said that the four year agreement with the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) will extend a decades-long partnership until December 2020.

SCRRRA was created to implement solutions for solid waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste and additional waste materials for 12 municipalities in Southeastern Connecticut including East Lyme, Griswold, Groton, Ledyard, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, Stonington and Waterford.

Covanta added that its SECONN waste to energy plant has provided reliable and sustainable waste management to municipalities across Southeastern Connecticut.

The plant facility processes 689 tons (630 tonnes) of post-recycled municipal solid waste daily and generates 18 MW megawatts of energy - enough to power approximately 15,000 homes continuously. It also recycles more than 9000 tons (8160 tonnes) of metal annually.

“SCRRRA is happy to continue our successful partnership with Covanta,” said John Phetteplace, SCRRRA president. “For more than two-decades, Covanta SECONN has provided our communities with a sustainable alternative to landfilling while also generating a significant amount of electricity for area homes.”

According to Covanta During its 26 years of operation, the facility has:

  • Saved over 50 acres of land from landfilling;
  • Reduced net greenhouse gas emissions by over five million tons, the equivalent of removing nearly one million passenger vehicles from the road for one year;
  • Recovered 88,000 tons of metals for recycling, equivalent to the steel used to build two Gold Star Memorial Bridges (New London, CT);
  • Generated 3,800,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, the equivalent of powering over 330,000 homes for one year.

“The 12 communities that SCRRRA and SECONN serve have developed a first-rate reliable and environmentally-sound waste management system,” commented Thomas Lyons, vice president and general manager of Covanta’s New England region.

Covanta added that its SECONN plant has also been designated a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety excellence and has an outstanding safety record with over 15 years injury-free. 

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