DECEMBER 2011

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.