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NJcom Article_May 18 2012

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NJcom Article_May 18 2012

  1. 1. Covanta Warren recycles products containing mercury Print By WarrenReporter on May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM 0 Reddit Covanta Warren Energy Resource Company, the operator of the Energy-from- Waste facility in Oxford recently collected mercury containing devices in exchange for $5 gift cards at the PCFA’s bi-annual householdhazardous waste collection event. Residents were encouragedto turn in devices such as thermostats and thermometers at this special collection event that was held to properly recycle these items and prevent them from entering the waste stream. If simply thrown into householdtrash cans, these devices can break and release their mercury into the environment. Warren County residents dropped off over 50 mercury thermostats. Commenting on the collection, Covanta Warren Business Manager Lorenzo Rizzi stated, “We’re happy to be able to support Warren County’s recycling efforts and this program gives something back to residents that do their part.” Swapping an older mercury-thermostat for a new programmable one also saves money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a new programmable, mercury-free digital thermostat can cut a home’s energy cost by 15-20%. Covanta Energy regularly holds collections for unwanted mercury-containing devices such as thermostats and thermometers, and fluorescent light bulbs. Mercury can be potentially hazardous to human health if the devices in which it is contained are not properly captured. Since its inception, the program has collected over 1,400 pounds of mercury nationwide.
  2. 2. The Covanta Warren Energy-from-Waste facility serves Warren County and surrounding areas with sustainable waste disposal and is an integral part of the county’s solid waste management plan. The facility also generates up to 13.5 megawatts of clean, renewable energy and recycles thousands of tons of metal each year. Recovering energy from waste after efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle have been employed is a critical component of managing residual waste. For every ton of municipal solid waste processed at an Energy-from-Waste facility like Covanta Warren, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by the equivalent of approximately one ton less of carbon dioxide emissions. This is possible due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and the recovery of metals for recycling.

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