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Alexandria extends contract with Covanta

Covanta Alexandria/Arlington Inc., owner and operator of the Alexandria/Arlington Energy-from-Waste (EfW) Facility, disclosed that the City of Alexandria and Arlington County, Virginia have exercised an extension option on their waste disposal and service agreement with the company. The decision continues a relationship between the City, County and Covanta which began in 1988 and that will now extend for a total of 50 years until 2038. The extension was approved by unanimous vote by both the Alexandria City Council and the Arlington County Board and is expected to provide significant savings to residents over the life of the contract.

The Covanta Alexandria/Arlington EfW facility processes up to 350,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year to produce approximately 185,000 MW hours of renewable energy and recycles approximately 9,000 tons of metals.

In 25 years of operation, the Alexandria/Arlington Energy-from-Waste facility has achieved some significant milestones.

  • Since 1988, the facility has converted approximately nine million tons of municipal solid waste into over four million MW hours of electricity.
  • Offset approximately nine million tons of greenhouse gases, the environmental benefit equivalent to planting over 180 million tree seedlings.
  • Recycled 48,000 tons of ferrous metal, the equivalent amount of steel used to build approximately 40,000 cars.

In 2013, the facility was the recipient of the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award and received the Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Environmental Excellence Award from the Virginia Water Environmental Association. Also in 2013, the facility received the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award from the National Safety Council. The facility received its OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR designation in 2004 and is also a member of the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program at the elite E4 status level.