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Massachusetts city extends partnership with Covanta

Covanta SEMASS, L.P., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation, a sustainable waste management and renewable energy company, revealed a new agreement with the city of Quincy, Massachusetts for sustainable waste disposal at the Covanta SEMASS energy-from-waste facility in Rochester. Quincy generates approximately 35,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually.

The agreement will provide Quincy with one-stop shopping for sustainable waste disposal and the potential for recycling services after the city’s current recycling contract expires in 2013. Cities and towns across New England have responded enthusiastically to Covanta’s bundled service offering because they are able to save money on disposal costs and get credit back in the form of a rebate for recycling. The new agreement with Quincy is slated to begin in July 2013 with the contract running for ten years with mutual extension options after the initial term.

Quincy will continue to utilize the municipal solid waste transfer station in Braintree, Massachusetts which Covanta operates. The transfer station is currently undergoing construction for improvements including state-of-the-art technology to control odor from the facility and reduce noise from operations. The Braintree Transfer Station is a critical component of managing municipal solid waste from parts of Boston and a number of South Shore and local communities including Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth, Randolph and Waltham.

Solid waste collected at the facility is transferred to the Covanta SEMASS Energy-from-Waste facility where it is combusted to generate clean, renewable electricity for approximately 75,000 southeastern Massachusetts homes.

The Covanta SEMASS energy-from-waste facility, where waste from the Braintree Transfer Station is disposed, provides southeastern Massachusetts communities with an environmentally superior alternative to landfilling their municipal solid waste. Operating since 1988, the facility processes approximately 1 million tons of municipal solid waste and recovers nearly 50,000 tons of recyclable metals annually.

Recovering energy from waste after efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle is a critical component of managing residual waste. For every ton of municipal solid waste processed at energy-from-waste facilities like Covanta SEMASS, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by the equivalent of approximately one ton less of carbon dioxide emissions. This is possible due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and the recovery of metals for recycling.