Covanta announced it has extended its partnership through 2035 with the town of Babylon, N.Y., for sustainable waste management services at the Babylon Resource Recovery Facility located in West Babylon.
The new agreement continues a three-decade relationship and provides the company with new opportunities for increased metals recovery and revenue sharing, while offering the town long-term price certainty for waste disposal.
Since 1989, the Covanta-operated facility has been a component of the town's integrated waste management system, which prioritizes recycling and relies on energy recovery for managing the material that remains. The town provides residents with a dual stream curbside recycling program and enjoys a robust recycling rate not impacted by the recent turbulence in the recycling market.
"The continuation of our partnership with Covanta provides our community with a sustainable solution to waste management from both an environmental and financial perspective," said Town of Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer in a statement. "The town has been visionary in our approach to waste and recycling, and through smart, long-term planning, we are now able to reap the benefits for our taxpayers."
In 30 years of operation, the Babylon Resource Recovery Facility has:
- Converted more than 6.8 million tons of municipal solid waste into 3.2 million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy—enough to power more than 300,000 homes for a year.
- Recovered approximately 135,000 tons of metal for recycling.
- Avoided the lifecycle generation of 5 million tons of greenhouse gases as CO2 equivalents—equal to pulling nearly one million cars off the road for a year.
"The town of Babylon and its residents and businesses continue to lead the way in sustainable waste management on Long Island," said Rick Sandner, Covanta's vice president and general manager, in a statement. "We are proud of our role in providing a critical component of that system through our energy-from-waste facility and look forward to serving the community for many years to come."
Covanta's four Long Island energy-from-waste facilities, including Covanta Babylon, manage approximately 75 percent of the municipal solid waste produced by households and businesses. The facilities use this waste to generate electricity for more than 100,000 homes and recover more than 55,000 tons of metal for recycling annually.