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Mass. City Exploring New Waste and Recycling Plan

Covanta Energy Corporation has announced its plans to close its waste-to-energy facility in Pittsfield, Mass., in March, leaving city officials with the task of developing a new waste and recycling plan. This decision came as a surprise to the city since Covanta recently extended its contract to run through July 20, 2020.

Covanta will work with city officials to find a new solution for the City of Pittsfield’s waste and recycling items.

The Berkshire Eagle has more:

City officials on Monday began assessing their options for Pittsfield's future trash and waste pickup needs following Covanta Energy Corp.'s announcement that it plans to close its waste-to-energy facility in March.

If the New Jersey-based company follows through with its plan, it would force the city to find another way to dispose of its trash and recyclables.

"This is disconcerting at best in terms of how we manage municipal waste collection and disposal," said Mayor Linda M. Tyer in a statement issued on Monday. "The city is in the process of understanding the impact of this potential closing and working toward a possible solution to keep services in operation."

Covanta announced on Friday that it planned to close the Hubbard Avenue facility "based on current economic conditions," according to company spokesman James F. Regan.

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