The Wallingford trash-to-energy plant can turn into electricity 420 tons of trash per day using a mass-burn process.
Mass-burn means that there is no front-end separation of recyclable metal or non-combustible material from the trash delivered to the facility. Unlike the RDF technology used at the Mid-Connecticut Project trash-to-energy plant, trash is delivered and burned with no processing. The waste-to-energy plant, located at
530 South Cherry Street, Wallingford, is owned and operated by
Covanta Energy. Ash residue from the plant is trucked to Wheelabrator’s ash landfill in Putnam.
Starting July 1, 2010, CRRA can deliver up to 25,000 tons of trash per year at $65 per ton plus a cost-of-living escalator. This providing an attractive option to sending excess trash out of state, which has cost as much as $90 per ton, helping to contain costs for CRRA cities and towns.