Covanta Marion Inc. has been turning solid and medical waste from Marion County, Ore., into energy for decades, but now the facility will be getting a boost in the form of imported medical waste.
The facility is owned and operated by Covanta Marion Inc., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Inc. and contracts with Marion County to treat its medical and municipal solid waste. At its most efficient, the facility treats 550 tons of waste per day and generates 13.1 megawatts of renewable energy, according to a county press release. The plant produces enough energy to power the city of Woodburn, Ore., population 24,000.
As the county does not generate enough waste to keep the facility operating at full capacity, it has been purchasing approximately 15,000 tons per year of solid waste from outside the county. But that is about to change.