Detroit not to purchase Covanta incinerator
Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has announced that the
city will not purchase the waste-to-energy plant that
has processed approximately two-thirds of the city’s
waste since it was built in 1991.
This decision comes after last month’s announcement that
the city would not renew its lease with the plant operators,
Covanta Energy. Instead, the city, one of a few that
does not currently have a recycling program already in
place, plans to implement a pilot curbside recycling
program and send the rest of the trash to landfills.
The city accounts for almost a third of the trash that
the incinerator burns, and should the city stop sending
trash, the incinerator may be hard pressed to remain
in operation. But despite the city’s plans, a contract
provision dictates that the plant owners, Energy Investors
funds of Boston, may require waste to be incinerated
if the plant can match or beat local landfill bids.