Waste management firm reaches sustainable waste disposal agreement with the city of Tulsa.
Covanta WBH LLC of Tulsa, Okla., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corp., based in Morristown, N.J., has signed an agreement with the city of Tulsa which extends the company’s current waste disposal services for the city by another ten years. The revamped agreement runs from July 2, 2012, to June 30, 2022, with options for further extensions.
"Tulsa is committed to recycling and the recovery of energy from our residential solid waste," says Eric Lee, Tulsa’s solid waste services manager. "This long-term agreement with Covanta shows a shared commitment to the Tulsa community. We are excited to continue our partnership and look forward to making Tulsa a more sustainable city."
Covanta notes that its WBH energy-from-waste (EFW) facility in Tulsa was the first efw project built by the company. Today, the facility processes more than 300,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year and generates up to 240,000 pounds-per-hour of steam. The steam is used to generate electricity and is delivered to an adjacent refinery. The facility also recovers thousands of tons of metals per year for recycling.
With this agreement, Tulsa’s waste comprises about one-third of the facility’s capacity, solidifying Tulsa as Covanta WBH’s largest municipal client.
“Covanta has a long history in the City of Tulsa so we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement to continue providing sustainable waste disposal and clean, renewable energy to the city,” says Paul Stauder, Covanta senior vice president of business management. “The city was on the leading edge when the facility was built and that appetite for innovation continues to prevail today. The city should be applauded for its foresight in choosing to utilize energy from waste for sustainable municipal solid waste disposal. We look forward to serving the residents of Tulsa in the many years ahead.”
Annually, the Covanta EFW facility in Tulsa converts more than 300,000 tons of municipal solid waste and non-hazardous industrial waste into more than two billion pounds of steam and about 50,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity; and recovers and recycles more than 7,700 tons of metal.