ECOvanta launches new facility
Covanta Energy Corporation launched a new
business to responsibly recycle and dispose of electronic waste.
ECOvanta is a state-of-the-art recycling facility that properly
recycles electronic waste such as computers, monitors, mobile
phones, printers and televisions. The facility safely manages
end-of-life electronics using a combination of manual disassembly
and an automated shredding system to separate materials into
commodities for recycling.
E-waste is the fastest growing segment of the municipal waste
stream in the United States with over 3 million tons of electronics
generated each year, of which only 14 percent is recovered for
recycling. The rest typically ends up in landfills. Electronics
should not be disposed of in the trash because most contain heavy
metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium.
ECOvanta has successfully passed audits and has been recommended
to receive the R2 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications. These rigorous
third-party certifications ensure that e-waste is being recycled
responsibly and sustainably. Everything that comes through the
ECOvanta facility is sold or recycled as a processed commodity
according to R2 standards. ECOvanta also audits all downstream
vendors to ensure that they too are recycling correctly.
ECOvanta also offers secure destruction services for customers
who require assured and certified destruction of their electronic
equipment. Customers can follow the secure chain of custody process
to track and identify material as it moves through the system.
The process eliminates risks to information integrity by completely
sanitizing hard drives or other storage media using a leading
software program that meets all regulated destruction standards
prior to manual disassembly and shredding.