In 2020, CRCQL launched a new strategic campaign CLOSE COVANTA to demand that Covanta trash incinerator, also known as Covanta Resource Recovery Facility, close operations at their waterfront facility in Chester, PA. In alliance with similar environmental justice movements in Baltimore, Camden and other cities across the nation fighting to end incineration, Chester calls upon industry and local government to take responsibility for the short and long-term implications of allowing Covanta and other toxic polluters to continue to operate and wreak havoc on community and environmental health.
In looking forward to long-term solutions on how to handle the exponential growth of trash, CRCQL and Delco Environmental Justice are launching a ZERO WASTE program to advocate and educate Delaware County residents on the roadmap to Zero Waste, how to implement resolutions in their own communities and demand safer, sustainable and healthier long-term solutions to waste management.
Covanta is the largest trash incinerator in the country and burns more than 3.500 TONS of trash daily from NYC, NJ, Philly and Delaware County. It is one of the largest polluters in the region and contributes to air pollution that causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses and more.
- Learn more about Covanta's toxic pollution and its harmful impacts on health.
CRCQL and Delco Environmental Justice demand more regulation for polluting industries, increased emission standards and higher penalties for violations. The group also fights to prevent new polluting industries from opening in Chester and nearby. We educate residents on toxic industries throughout the county through our toxic tours and provide resources on how to:
- Organize locally to prevent toxic industries from moving into your neighborhood.
- Ways to petition and demand local and state government agencies to commit to clean air and energy initiatives.
- TAKE A TOXIC TOUR OF DELCO
Learn more about Zero Waste and how you can push for resolutions in your community. Start a petition, share with neighbors, write to county commissioners and other government officials. Explore resources on the roadmap to Zero Waste through recycling, composting, waste reduction programs and other projects.