Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover

Recovering energy from waste has long been at the core of Covanta’s business. In fact, Covanta’s network of Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities across North America is a unique asset to sustainably converting into energy any waste remaining after all other options have been exhausted.

“We’re just cracking the surface of innovation in terms of materials and processes. There is tremendous opportunity across the supply chain to address resource and waste utilization, especially as competition for materials increases as we move into the future.”

Paul Campbell

Director Environmental Sustainability/Green Leadership,

Sears Holdings Corporation

We strongly believe that sustainable waste management begins with the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle—followed by a fourth R—recover. As a result, we are working with municipalities and companies not only to turn their waste into clean energy, but also to find opportunities to avoid waste altogether.

Helping Companies Move up the Waste Hierarchy

Covanta works closely with businesses to help them address waste disposal challenges. Whether a short-term contract that provides for sustainable disposal (i.e., in the case of a product recall), or a long-term partnership that facilitates achievement of zero-waste-to-landfill goals, we have the technical expertise, capacity and infrastructure to develop tailored solutions for corporate clients.

Many companies have reaped both environmental and financial benefits by focusing on their waste streams. By reducing waste, and finding new markets for those materials generated during manufacturing, companies are saving financial and natural resources. EfW is a critical part of many companies’ efforts, effectively capturing the energy value out of materials that cannot be recycled.


“Our global drive to zero waste means we continually strive to reduce, reuse and recycle our byproducts throughout our operations. Covanta’s energy-from-waste process helps us recover value from the remaining, challenging materials.”

John Bradburn

Global Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors


Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Verification

Covanta Verification-Ready provides our customers with confidence and credibility in the claims they make about their zero-waste-to-landfill goals. Our rigorous process, which has been independently verified by GreenCircle Certified, LLC, ensures transparent tracking of waste and translates waste diversion success into energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions savings.

We work with our customers to profile their waste stream and establish what steps are required to reach zero-waste-to-landfill. We then provide a verification-ready certificate that states the claim, the time period covered and that the claim has been substantiated through a third-party process.

If one of our customers is interested in an independent third-party audit, we can provide assistance in arranging the audit. We are excited to offer these services at a time when businesses are increasing their focus on sustainable materials management, landfill diversion and achievement of zero-waste-to-landfill status for their operations and activities.