From assuring the destruction of confidential materials to converting liquid waste into a clean renewable resource, Covanta Environmental Solutions (CES) helps more than 3,500 customers across the U.S. and Canada identify opportunities to minimize waste and find beneficial uses for materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

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CES allows us to better serve our growing customer base of commercial and industrial waste generators. CES manages a variety of solid and liquid waste types that are collected through our own transportation logistics capabilities or through licensed third parties. In this way, we help our customers achieve their zero-waste-to-landfill, GHG-reduction or other sustainability/circularity goals while virtually eliminating their long-term environmental liability exposures.

CES offers environmental solutions in three focus areas:

  • Sustainable Materials Management;
  • Healthcare Solutions; and
  • Field and Onsite Services


Sustainable Materials Management

CES offers a variety of sustainable materials management services, including:

Packaged Goods Recycling:

Our innovative UnWrapp™ depackaging process provides a disposal solution for consumer-packaged goods that may be contaminated, expired or off-specification. The products may be composted, reused, repurposed or treated for discharge to the local publicly owned treatment works plant (POTW). In most cases, the packaging can be recycled. Beyond the environmental benefits, this process offers the ability to reduce liability risk for companies who need to assure the destruction of unusable materials.

In 2019, 7,100 tons of material were depackaged.

Wastewater Treatment:

Through screening, pH adjustment, oil-water separation, flocculation (or clumping of fine particulates) and sedimentation, we safely recycle wastewater back into productive use in cooperation with POTWs. Our in-house lab capabilities ensure proper treatment and compliance with all permits, offering a better alternative to liquid solidification for landfilling or deep well injection.

In 2019:

  • 90 million gallons of wastewater were recycled through pretreatment;
  • 14 million gallons of wastewater were beneficially reused; and
  • 2 million gallons of oil were recycled


Covanta recycles millions of gallons of wastewater every year. Learn more here.

Healthcare Solutions

We provide custom pharmaceutical waste solutions for consumers, medical professionals, law enforcement and healthcare facilities to protect water resources, prevent accidental poisonings and reduce the risk of drugs being misused—all while creating renewable energy. Our Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) Reverse Distribution Network provides nationwide capabilities for reverse distribution and drug take-back programs. Since 2010, Covanta has disposed of more than 3,900 tons of unused and expired medications and pharmaceuticals from take-back programs.

Over 750 kiosks will be placed at designated locations across New York and California for the collection of unused medications.

In an exciting expansion of our capacities in this area, CES has launched two pilot pharmaceutical take-back programs in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the California Product Stewardship Council. These programs allow for kiosks and drop-off boxes to be installed at more than 750 retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities across New York and California where consumers can return unused and expired medications for safe and secure disposal. Covanta is responsible for collecting, transferring, processing, and disposing of the collected medications in our EfW facilities.

We are working to expand this successful model through agreements with other municipalities and state agencies around the country. Locate your nearest drop-off location here.


Field and On-site Services

We have the equipment and trained personnel necessary to safely and sustainably help our customers address their most demanding environmental challenges related to waste disposal. This includes in-plant cleaning, washing or removal of tanks and other vessels, lab packing of chemicals, safety consulting and decontamination.