Our FlexFriday tour for Friday, October 7 was to the Covanta Union facility in Rahway, NJ.FlexFridays combine learning and community for special hands-on tours and lectures.
FlexSchool would like to thank Covanta – Rahway, NJ, Todd Frace, Chief Engineer and Brie Parker, Marketing Manager for a very fun and interesting FlexFriday learning experience.
We began our tour with a very informative presentation by Todd Frace, Chief Engineer. He explained the process our trash goes through to become electricity but first, we all learned about the safety gear we would need to tour the facility. With hards hats, safety vests, and goggles on we were ready to watch trash turn into energy.
All the collected waste begins the journey on the Tipping Floor. From here it travels to the ovens with advanced filtration to destroy the fumes. After this it is turned into electricity. We learned this facility processes 1500 tons of solid waste EACH DAY which creates enough electricity to power 30,000 homes! It is also environmentally friendly to turn waste into energy. According to the U.S. EPA, for every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Energy-from-Waste facilities, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately one ton. This is due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and the recovery of metals for recycling.
Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into our FlexFriday tour!