Covanta Marion Inc
., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corp., and Marion County, Ore., have announced an agreement that extends sustainable waste disposal services for the county at Covanta’s Marion energy-from-waste (EfW) facility. The agreement, which will last for up to five years, was approved by Marion County’s Board of Commissioners and begins in September 2014 after the expiration of an existing 30-year agreement.
“The new contract provides for the continuation of reliable waste disposal and extends a successful partnership between Covanta and Marion County that began in the mid-1980s,” says Sam Brentano, Marion County commissioner. “The EfW facility, coupled with innovative recycling programs, has enabled Marion County to be a leader in solid waste management.”
Under terms of the new agreement, the county will continue to supply 145,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year to Covanta.
Electricity and metal recycling revenues from the Marion EfW facility enable the county to provide residents with recycling programs, including a curbside collection program for nontraditional recyclable materials such as latex paint, household batteries, motor oil, antifreeze and cooking oil. The county has also achieved a recycling rate of about 60 percent, which is among the highest in the country and more than double the national average.
“Covanta is pleased to continue our long and mutually beneficial partnership with Marion County,” says Paul Stauder, Covanta’s senior vice president of business management. “The county and its residents should be proud of the sustainable waste management system they have worked hard to establish over the years. These efforts have resulted in a true model of environmentally sound waste disposal that can be emulated by communities around the country.”
Stauder adds, “We are proud of Covanta’s contribution in providing a critical component of that system through our energy-from-waste facility.”
Since the opening of the facility in 1987, Covanta’s Marion EfW facility has: