Getting to Zero: Covanta Union County Resource Recovery Facility

While most of New York City’s waste is sent to landfills far from the five boroughs, around 25% of it makes its way to facilities around the metropolitan area where it is burned to generate electricity. These enormous facilities are commonly referred to as “waste-to-energy” or “resource recovery” facilities.

Join us for a tour of Covanta’s Union County Resource Recovery Facility, a 22-acre industrial complex on the banks of the Rahway River in suburban New Jersey. Learn about the technology used here to process approximately 1,500 tons of solid waste per day into enough electrical energy to power 30,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Bus transportation to and from Lower Manhattan, near the Holland Tunnel entrance, will be provided to registered attendees of this tour. The location of the bus pick-up will be made available via email upon completion of registration. Times listed on this page include transportation to and from Rahway, NJ; the tour itself will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Please note: All registered attendees will be required to sign a waiver before entering the facility and must dress in long sleeves (can be shirt, blouse, or jacket), long, ankle-length pants and socks, and flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes or boots (no open toes). This tour is not wheelchair accessible and photography is not permitted.











When: Wed., May 31, 2017 at 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Open House New York
Venues vary
212-991-6470
Price: $35
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While most of New York City’s waste is sent to landfills far from the five boroughs, around 25% of it makes its way to facilities around the metropolitan area where it is burned to generate electricity. These enormous facilities are commonly referred to as “waste-to-energy” or “resource recovery” facilities.

Join us for a tour of Covanta’s Union County Resource Recovery Facility, a 22-acre industrial complex on the banks of the Rahway River in suburban New Jersey. Learn about the technology used here to process approximately 1,500 tons of solid waste per day into enough electrical energy to power 30,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Bus transportation to and from Lower Manhattan, near the Holland Tunnel entrance, will be provided to registered attendees of this tour. The location of the bus pick-up will be made available via email upon completion of registration. Times listed on this page include transportation to and from Rahway, NJ; the tour itself will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Please note: All registered attendees will be required to sign a waiver before entering the facility and must dress in long sleeves (can be shirt, blouse, or jacket), long, ankle-length pants and socks, and flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes or boots (no open toes). This tour is not wheelchair accessible and photography is not permitted.

Buy tickets/get more info now