The 2021 Sustainability Report is available now
This downloadable report covers our highlights from 2020 and beyond. You can return to this site to learn more about our sustainability efforts and view detailed data updates.
21.3 million tons of waste diverted from landfillsEnough to fill a six-lane highway with garbage trucks, bumper to bumper, from Los Angeles to New York City.
Reduced GHG emissions by 18.8 million metric tons
relative to landfilling, equivalent to removing nearly 4 million cars.
Recycled over 1 million tons of metals and other resources,
including enough ferrous metals to build 6 Golden Gate Bridges.
Continue to execute strategic growth plans in the UK
with four new WTE projects under construction, Covanta is helping the UK achieve its goals for landfill diversion and self-sufficiency in waste.
Waste-to-Energy vs. Landfill
Waste-to-Energy is internationally recognized as a way to reduce GHG emissions by managing the wastes left over after recycling (saving about a ton of GHGs compared to landfill), but how?