[NEWS] Pittsfield, MA Trash Incinerator Will Operate For At Least 4 More Years

– by Dick Lindsay, October 11, 2016, Berkshire Eagle

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Covanta Pittsfield (Photo: Ben Garver/Berkshire Eagle)

For at least four more years, Covanta will take trash and recyclables of Pittsfield and surrounding communities.

By a vote of 10-1, Councilor-at-Large Melissa Mazzeo opposed, the City Council Tuesday night backed Mayor Linda Tyer’s request to give $562,000 in Pittsfield Economic Development funds so the solid waste-to-energy and recycling facility can make the necessary upgrades to meet state and federal environmental standards and remain profitable.

Covanta announced in early July that it planned to close the Hubbard Avenue trash burning plant because the high operating costs and the size of the plant made it unprofitable. Tyer and her administration immediately began working on a financial package to entice the New Jersey-based company to forgo its plan to cease operation in March.

“I think it’s great you came to the table early and didn’t wait until the deadline,” said Ward 1 Councilor Lisa Tully.

The city money will pay for a state-mandated recycling enclosure and upgrades to the fossil fuel boiler to help keep the facility afloat. The financial package includes state energy tax credits and would allow Covanta to continue to sell steam energy to Crane Currency in Dalton and Neenah Technologies of Pittsfield.

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