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City of Long Beach and Covanta amend Southeast Resource Recovery Facility O&M agreement

In California, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with US-headed waste management major Covanta Holding Corporation (Covanta) has announced an amended agreement covering the continued operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF). The agreement provides for the operation of the energy-from-waste (EfW) facility until at least June 30, 2024.

In operation since 1988, the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) assists the City of Long Beach (population 480 000) and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County with sustainable waste disposal and has been a critical component of the City’s comprehensive solid waste management system (photos courtesy SERRF).

On August 14, 2018, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to provide for the allocation of capital investments by both the City of Long Beach and Covanta for facility equipment maintenance and allow for opportunities to process higher-value waste.

We look forward to working with Covanta on the SERRF in order to continue the City’s ability to prevent landfilling, generate energy, and help our city comply with State mandated waste diversion efforts, said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Under the contract amendment, the City of Long Beach will invest US$8.7 million from a dedicated SERRF Fund within the city’s Energy Resources Department and Covanta will supply an additional US$5 million to ensure continued, sustainable operation of the facility.

Covanta is pleased to continue our partnership with the City of Long Beach through this amended agreement, which significantly improves the facility’s long-term outlook. The City of Long Beach has been a leader in progressive recycling and waste diversion for decades and should be commended for its ongoing commitment to sustainable waste management through Energy-from-Waste, which continues to be the best way to handle waste that remains after reduction, reuse and recycling, said Christopher Baker, General Manager and Vice President of Covanta’s West Region.

The agreement provides for the operation of the energy-from-waste (EfW) facility until at least June 30, 2024.

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