Covanta recycle enough aluminium for 3 billion beverage cans

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Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, released its latest summary report on its sustainability performance where the company said it recycled enough aluminium in 2020 to produce three billion beverage cans.

The report is an in-depth analysis of the company’s continued progress on its Environmental, Social and Governance improvement goals and performance. For example, during 2020, Covanta:

  • Diverted 21.2 million tons of waste away from landfills – one of the largest sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane – and converted it to energy
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 18.8 million tons, equivalent to taking nearly 4 million cars off the road.
  • Executed strategic growth in the United Kingdom, with progress on four new Waste-to-Energy projects helping the UK toward its goal of landfill diversion and self-sufficiency in waste.
  • Recycled nearly 1 million tons, including aluminium equivalent to three billion beverage cans and enough industrial wastewater to fill more than 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools

“Covanta’s progress, even during the disruptions and uncertainty of the pandemic, underscored our mission to protecting tomorrow, the core tenet of our sustainability pledge,” said Azeez Mohammed, President & Chief Executive Officer at Covanta. 

“As we forge ahead, we cannot forget the lessons or take for granted the growing value of sustainable strategies and services have for our communities. 

“Waste-to-Energy facilities play an important role in these efforts as they are the only form of energy generation that reduces greenhouse gases and address climate change by avoiding the production of methane from landfills.”

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