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Lancaster, Penn., WTE Facility Processes 10 Million Tons of Waste

Covanta and the Lancaster County SWMA are celebrating the milestone.

The Lancaster County, Penn., Solid Waste Management Authority’s (LCSWMA) waste-to-energy (WTE) facility, designed, built and operated by Covanta Holding Corp., has processed 10 million tons of municipal solid waste since beginning operation in 1991.

"Almost 30 years ago, LCSWMA made the smart decision to invest in an integrated waste management system that also provides clean, renewable energy to its community," said Joey Neuhoff, vice president and general manager of Covanta's mid-Atlantic region, in a statement. "The milestone of processing 10 million tons shows that their investment is paying off and will continue to provide important benefits to the community for many years to come."

In addition to the 10 million-ton milestone, the facility has produced 5.6 million megawatt hours of electricity, recovered 180,000 tons of ferrous metal for recycling and offset the equivalent greenhouse emission of more than 1.9 million passenger cars on the road for one year.

"We are proud of this big milestone and would like to thank Covanta for their excellent partnership in operating our facility for almost 27 years," says Jim Warner, CEO at LCSWMA, in a statement. "Together, we are truly transforming waste into a resource for this community."

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