Welcome to Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL or “circle”). We are a grassroots community-led organization leading the environmental justice movement for clean air in Chester City and Delaware County since 1992.

Did you know that the LARGEST trash incinerator in the U.S. is located in Chester, PA?

Learn About This Massive Incinerator!

The Covanta incinerator spews tons of toxic fumes out across our community and we're fighting for a cleaner environment for our children and all of our residents.


Monday, April 18 at 9am:

Vanguard’s Big Climate Problem Walk – Launch in Chester!

Location: Meet at Covanta at Front & Thurlow Streets in Chester. Followed by walk to Kimberly Clarke for those interested.

On April 18th, Earthquaker Action Team (EQAT “equate”) will start a week-long Vanguard’s Big Climate Problem Walk starting at Covanta incinerator in Chester ending at Vanguard’s headquarters in Malvern. One of the biggest asset managers in the world, Vanguard is a top investor in polluting industries along the Delaware River, including Covanta, Kimberly-Clarke and other industries in Chester contributing to pollution and environmental racism.

Join Chester residents for the walk kick-off at Covanta incinerator at Front & Thurlow St on Monday 18th. Program will start around 9am and the walk will move to Kimberly-Clarke, stopping at William Penn Park before making their way towards John Heinz Wildlife Preserve.

Learn more about the Vanguard Walk here.

Friday April 22 – Saturday April 23:

“Looking Back, Moving Forward” Law, Policy & Environmental Justice

Looking Back, Moving Forward, a 2-day virtual conference critically examining the past, present, and potential future roles of the law and legal strategies to advance environmental justice policy and action.

Why focus on the institutions of law and policy-making?  Our histories have shown us that lawsuits against polluters or grandiose policy platforms rarely, if ever, bring about environmental justice in our communities.

Is it possible to imagine the master’s tools dismantling the master’s house? (pace, Audre Lorde).  In what ways can law and policy become more powerful tools for social and environmental change? Come join us in a conversation about building more effective legal and policy strategies to create more equitable, sustainable, and thriving futures.


For complete information on panels, speakers and topics, visit the webinar page

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Law, Policy & Environmental Justice

Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 12:30pm:

2nd Annual Environmental Justice Day March!

For more information, to RSVP, or if you would like to help with planning the march, please email getinvolved@chesterresidents.org.

Check Out Our Webinars!

How to End Incineration in Delco

Watch our video on how to end incineration as we fight for environmental justice in Chester.

Zero Waste with Alex Danovitch

Watch our video on moving toward zero waste as we fight for environmental justice for Chester.

Get Involved & Sign Our Petitions!

We're on the streets, and we work together to fight to end incineration, to clean up our environment, and for environmental justice for Chester.


Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL, pronounced “circle”) has been leading the fight against environmental racism in Chester, PA since 1992. Learn more about CRCQL’s history here.

CRCQL is a community-led activist group led by Chester residents and those concerned with local health and environmental justice.  

CRCQL is leading the CHESTER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT and demand an end to toxic trash incineration at the Covanta facility in Chester, increased emission standards for other polluters along the Delaware River, and advocating for clean air and Zero Waste resolutions across Delaware County to reduce waste.

Other News

1/12/2022: CRCQL Response to Horace Strand Statement regarding our webpage about Strand and Chester Environmental Partnership