Covanta Energy's John G. Waffenschmidt Appointed to the Product Stewardship Institute Advisory Council

Wed May 2, 2012 2:34pm EDT

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  MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 02 (Marketwire) -- 
Covanta Energy Corporation, a leading global owner and operator of
Energy-from-Waste projects, announced today that John G. Waffenschmidt,
vice president of environmental science and community affairs, has been
appointed to the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) Advisory Council.
Covanta is committed to address issues relating to sustainable waste
management and product stewardship. 

    The PSI Advisory Council is charged with advising PSI on reducing the
health and environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of a consumer
product. This includes ensuring products are responsibly manufactured and
used, as well as managing their post-use impact on local communities. As
a member of the Advisory Council, Waffenschmidt will assist in gaining
public visibility for PSI's stewardship movement.

    "John will bring a thoughtful and balanced analytic approach to Advisory
Council initiatives tempered with an in-depth understanding of lifecycle
analysis," said Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder of the Product Stewardship
Institute. "His ability to engage with a full range of stakeholders will
also be an invaluable addition to the group."

    As the vice president of environmental science and community affairs at
Covanta Energy, Mr. Waffenschmidt is responsible for building community
outreach strategies, reducing waste stream toxicity under Covanta's Clean
World Initiative, developing environmental justice policies and working
with various academic and NGO organizations. He also serves as a member
of the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Regional
Plan Association, Long Island chapter.

    "Covanta provides sustainable solutions to the communities we serve, and
I'm honored to have the opportunity to help share our expertise in these
areas as a member of the PSI Advisory Council," said Mr. Waffenschmidt.
"By spreading the product stewardship mindset and helping manufacturers
adopt a more sustainable product lifecycle, we aim to control the
toxicity and amount of disposed waste, which will ultimately benefit the
environment and our local communities."

    Covanta's Clean World Initiative (CWI) works to remove potentially
harmful materials from the waste stream and recycle or dispose of them
properly. Programs under CWI include collections for rechargeable
batteries, mercury collection programs for unwanted mercury-containing
devices such as thermostats and thermometers, and Rx4Safety, the Covanta
program that provides the safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals and
medications collected by household drug take-back programs free of
charge. To date, this nationwide program has destroyed more than 240,000
pounds of unwanted medications, helping to keep waterways and drinking
water safe, and removing these drugs from potential abuse.

    Covanta's Energy-from-Waste facilities provide a safe, sustainable waste
disposal method that reduces greenhouse gases and produces clean,
renewable energy from municipal solid waste. The company continues to
work to address the needs of the communities by maintaining healthy
relationships and constructive interaction with community leaders,
clients and others interested in facility operations. 

    About Covanta
 Covanta Energy Corporation is an internationally
recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and
renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award
from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy. Covanta's 46 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide
communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste
disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean,
renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities
safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9
million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and more than 9
billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For
more information, visit


James Regan
Covanta Energy

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