Covanta Energy partners with Ocean Conservancy
In October, thousands of volunteers hit beaches, lakes
and rivers to help remove trash from waterways by participating
in Ocean Conservancy’s 24th annual International Coastal
Cleanup. To help with that effort, Covanta Energy partnered
with Ocean Conservancy to convert some of this year’s
collected debris into clean renewable energy.
Covanta Energy will dispose of marine debris collected
in Washington, DC and Cape Cod, Massachusetts in its
local energy-from-waste facilities. Rather than being
landfilled, the material collected during the one day
event will be turned into clean, renewable energy to
power local homes.
“Trash in the ocean is one of the most widespread pollution
problems threatening our ocean and waterways, yet it’s
entirely preventable,” said Dianne Sherman, director
of the International Coastal Cleanup. “The Cleanup gives
everyone a chance to work in their backyard and be a
part of an important global movement to end the tide
of ocean trash.”
In just one day last year, volunteers collected 6.8 million
pounds of debris from 6,485 sites in 100 countries. Within
the States, volunteers worked to collect coastal debris
in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Each year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal
Cleanup, volunteers from around the world work to remove
trash and debris from waterways and catalog every piece
of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information
to produce the world’s only annual country-by-country,
state-by-state index of the magnitude of marine debris.
The report is shared with the public, industry, and government
officials as we work together to end to problem of marine