- Covanta has begun operating the Durham York Energy Center (DYEC), a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Ontario that uses what was described as the "latest" in combustion and air control technology.
The DYEC produces 17.5 megawatts of clean renewable energy — enough to power about 10,000 homes and also recycles ferrous and non-ferrous metals sufficient to manufacture about 2,500 cars a year. Processing 140,000 metric tons a year from the municipalities' recycling, composting, and other household waste, the operation is expected to reduce landfill garbage by up to 90%.
The initial contract with the Durham and York municipalities spans 20 years.
The Ontario WTE deal comes just after Covanta's acquisition of Winneconne, WI-based Chief Industrial Services, further expanding the environmental operations of the company whose WTE facilities collectively convert waste to power one million homes and recycle about 500,000 tons of metal.
"We are extremely pleased that the Durham York Energy Centre has entered into commercial operation. This is a triumphant milestone for a complex and important project," said Stephen J. Jones, Covanta's CEO and President. "We are proud to deliver a world-class facility that sets new standards for emissions and efficiency, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the regions of Durham and York.