Essex County Resource Recovery

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The Essex County Resource Recovery facility demonstrates the Port Authority's long-standing commitment to identifying and pursuing environmentally sound, economical solutions to the New York/New Jersey region's waste disposal needs. The facility, New Jersey's largest waste-to-energy plant, serves the refuse disposal needs of 22 municipalities in Essex County and the surrounding region.

Initially a joint undertaking of the Port Authority, Essex County and American Ref-Fuel Company of Essex County, Essex County Resource Recovery currently is operated by Covanta Energy under a long-term lease with the Port Authority. Using proven mass-burning technology, the plant processes about 2,750 tons of solid municipal waste per day. Each year, the plant generates approximately 500 million kilowatts of electricity - enough electricity to operate the plant and 45,000 homes. The electrical energy recovered by the plant is sold on the open market.

Located in an industrially zoned area of Newark, the Essex County Resource Recovery facility consists of three mass-fired boilers with two turbine generators. Using technology developed by a leading German firm, high-temperature combustion destroys most pollutants. Additional control devices then limit further NOx, mercury, acid gasses and particulate emissions. The plant operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week, under strict environmental standards. It employs approximately 86 people.

For general information, please contact:

Robert McKee
General Manager, Operations
718-697-3628
rmckee@panynj.gov

 



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