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Tampa, FL 33619 USA

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Covanta Hillsborough

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Waste-to-Energy Facility that serves the community with reliable and sustainable waste management.

In addition to keeping waste out of landfills, we are committed to ensuring safe operations and minimizing environmental impacts. We have been consistently recognized for exceptional operations, including OSHA’s stringent Voluntary Protection Program Star certification.

The facility is one of the first waste-to-energy plants in the U.S. to produce carbon offset credits for sale on the voluntary market. The credits represent verified reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions achieved by avoiding landfills and generating energy at the facility. 

Fast Stats: Annual Performance

Every year, our facility processes more than 520,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.


Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 370,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s like taking 79,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.


We use waste to produce 47 megawatts of electricity 24/7 - enough to power 23,000 homes for a year.


We also recover 19,600 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 15,000 cars.

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Superior Environmental Performance

We care about our communities and operate well below emissions limits. Over 99.9 percent of what comes out of our plant’s stack is what you’d typically find in air - water vapor, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. The remaining constituents are well below federal and state standards.

The following data is presented in units required by the facility's permit as averaged emissions.

  1. Permit Limits are derived from USEPA standards for Large Municipal Waste Combustors (40 CFR 60, Subparts A, Cb and Eb).
  2. CO values are the maximum 4-hour block average for that day.
  3. SO2 and NOx values are the daily (24-hour) block averages for that day.
  4. Opacity values are the maximum 6-minute average for that day.
  5. All emission values reported in units consistent with the permit. CO, SO2 and NOx reported as parts per million, dry gas basis at 7% O2 (ppmdv7), Opacity as %, Removal Efficiency as %.
  6. SO2 compliance is based on concentration (ppm) or removal efficiency (% reduction between inlet and outlet emissions).
  7. The dash symbol (-) indicates that a unit is off-line, has insufficient data for a compliance period or is in an exempted period.

* Results are provided for informational purposes only. Data is posted 24 hours after completion of each day to allow for quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review.

Read the Continuous Emission Monitoring  System (CEMS) FAQs to learn more

For more information on facility performance click here.

Process in Action

Waste-to-Energy: How Does It Work?

Waste-to-Energy takes non-hazardous waste - otherwise destined for landfill - and combusts it to generate steam for electricity generation. Ash is processed to recover metal for recycling while all gases are collected, filtered and cleaned before being released safely into the atmosphere.

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