One pathway to a more circular economy is through “zero waste to landfill” (ZWTL) which, at its core, is exactly what it sounds like: a strategy to divert all waste from disposal in a landfill. Businesses are achieving this goal by moving up the waste hierarchy: reducing materials consumption and waste; reusing materials; recycling, composting and using anaerobic digestion; and then, for anything left over, recovering energy through Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities so that nothing is wasted.

The waste management hierarchy

Through our EfW and material processing facilities, Covanta works closely with our customers and municipal partners to address their waste disposal challenges. Whether a short-term contract that provides for sustainable disposal (such as a product recall) or a long-term partnership that facilitates the achievement of ZWTL goals, we have the technical expertise, capacity and infrastructure to develop tailored solutions for our corporate clients. EfW is a critical part of many companies’ efforts, effectively capturing the energy value from materials that cannot be recycled while reducing costs and environmental impact.

Our process provides our customers with confidence and credibility in the claims they make about their ZWTL performance. Third-party verification through independent audits is available to assess the validity of a company’s ZWTL claims. For more information, please see Covanta’s white paper, ZWTL Verification.