Metals Recycling at Energy-from-Waste (W2E) Facilities
Recycling metal from W2E facilities avoids a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases and recovers valuable natural resources that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. In the United States, approximately 7.5 million tons of metal goes to landfills each year. If recycled instead, that metal could be used to build more than 90 Golden Gate Bridges!
The production and mining of new steel, aluminum, copper, and other metals products is also a carbon intensive process that negatively impacts the environment. By recovering and recycling 500,000 tons of metal each year, Covanta’s operations save approximately 1.2 million tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of pulling 112,506 cars off the road for a year.
In recent years, we has made it a priority to increase the quality and quantity of the metals we recycle. In that time, we have increased the amount of metal we recycle by 20 percent and installed new technology to improve material quality.