Covanta’s mission is to provide sustainable waste and energy solutions to ensure that no waste is ever wasted.
Covanta extracts value from waste and plays a critical role in the sustainability of the global waste management ecosystem. In addition to providing innovative waste reduction, reuse and recycling opportunities, we divert post-recycled waste from landfills through the process of energy recovery. Our comprehensive portfolio of solutions helps a wide range of commercial and industrial waste clients and municipal partners minimize business risk while meeting their zero-waste, zero-waste-to-landfill, circular-economy and other sustainability goals.
Covanta’s core business is the conversion of non-hazardous municipal solid waste to energy (known as waste-to-energy or WTE) in specialized power plants designed to meet all federal, state and local regulatory standards. We also offer tailored materials management solutions, including recycling and depackaging of plastic and packaged goods, liquid waste management, pharmaceutical waste management, field and on-site services, transportation and logistics and regulated medical waste solutions.
Covanta’s sustainable waste management solutions provide environmental benefits that are an important part of mitigating contributions to climate change. Because its fuel source—waste—is consistently replenished, and because all energy recovered preserves valuable natural resources and avoids secondary impacts from mining and the combustion of those resources, WTE is designated as renewable energy in 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. federal law, Europe and China. WTE also avoids greenhouse gases that would be emitted from waste otherwise sent to landfills and reduces waste to an inert ash from which ferrous and non-ferrous metals can be extracted for recycling.
For a full description of Covanta’s business, including how we integrate sustainability into our business strategy, please refer to our 2020 10-K.
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