Covanta Essex
  • United States
LocationNewark, New Jersey
Coordinates40°44′18″N 74°07′35″W / 40.73833°N 74.12639°W / 40.73833; -74.12639Coordinates: 40°44′18″N 74°07′35″W / 40.73833°N 74.12639°W / 40.73833; -74.12639
Commission date1990
Owner(s)Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Operator(s)Covanta Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuelMunicipal waste
Turbine technologyIncineration
Power generation
Nameplate capacity[1]

The Essex County Resource Recovery Facility, also known as Covanta Essex, is a waste-to-energy incineration power station in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Opened in 1990, it is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and operated by Covanta Energy. It is located adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike between Raymond Boulevard and the Passaic River in Newark.[2][3][4]

As of 2012, the facility processed 2,800 tons of municipal solid waste per day, its two generators producing approximately 65 megawatts of energy. The facility burns garbage from the 22 municipalities of Essex County and from New York City's Manhattan Community Board Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.[5][6][7]

As of January 1, 2013 the PANYNJ gave Covanta control of the facility through 2032, with optional extension to 2052. As part of the agreement the New York City Department of Sanitation will continue to use about 50% of the plant's disposal capacity. Convanta agreed to invest $75 to $100 million for operational improvements, including a modern particulate emissions control system and a new recycling system for ferrous and non-ferrous metals.[8]

In June 2013, a refuelling station for trucks using compressed natural gas (CNG) opened at the facility.[9]

The facility has been a point of cntention with residents of Newark, notably the Ironbound.[10]

See also


  1. ^ 2014 Title V Operating Permits Database
  2. ^ "Essex County Resource Recovery". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Energy-from-Waste Facility". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ "NJDEP New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "For Smog Control at Incinerator, Public Pressure Played Key Role". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Energy-from-Waste Facility Agrees to Clean Up its Act". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2014-12-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Covanta to Upgrade Essex County WtE Facility". Energy Manager Today. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Covanta, partner open compressed natural gas station in Newark". NJBIZ. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
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