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Covanta Announces New Agreement for Connecticut Facility

Since 1991, Covanta SECONN has provided waste management services in the region.

Covanta announced a new agreement with the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) for waste disposal at the Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility (SECONN) located in Preston, Conn. The new four-year agreement will extend the decades-long partnership between Covanta and SCRRRA 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.

Since 1991, Covanta SECONN has provided waste management services in the region. The waste-to-energy facility processes 689 tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste daily into 18 megawatts of energy, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes continuously. The facility also recycles more than 9,000 tons of metal annually.

“SCRRRA is happy to continue our successful partnership with Covanta,” SCRRRA President John Phetteplace said in a statement. “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 SECONN facility has:

  • Saved over 50 acres of land from landfilling;
  • Reduced net greenhouse gas emissions by over 5 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;
  • Generated 3.8 million 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,” Thomas Lyons, vice president and general manager of Covanta’s New England region, said in a statement. “Covanta is proud of our role in contributing to the success of this system and providing a local source of clean, renewable energy. We are pleased to continue to serve the communities of Southeastern Connecticut with the reliable service they have come to expect over the past 26 years.”

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