Student Global Ambassador Program TM

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SGAP Energy:

Covanta Energy from Waste (EfW) Tours

The tour begins with a brief presentation of the EfW process. All tour guides are Covanta environmental engineers. Covanta will provide protective glasses and hard hats for everyone. 


For your safety, all participants must wear long sleeve shirts, long ankle length pants with socks, and closed-toe flat shoes. The tour is 40 minutes long. After the tour, we will wrap-up with a brief discussion, and a questions/answer session. 


Download and complete the forms below. 

Each student must sign visitor agreement and Parent/Guardian/Teacher must sign photo release.

Bring signed forms with you to the tour. You will not be able to participate if you do not have your  signed forms!

Visitor Agreement

Photo Release

Request an Excused Absence from School (must be registered)


Schools and individuals must provide their own transportation. There is a fee per student for supplies, speaker(s), lunch/snacks, case creation. Buses should not attempt to park in the fenced-in parking lot.



Experience an EfW facility virtual tour (without the smell)

  • Over 15 Rahway high school students tour the Covanta Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Rahway, New Jersey as part of the SGAP Energy event.
    Over 15 Rahway high school students tour the Covanta Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Rahway, New Jersey as part of the SGAP Energy event.
  • The mechanical claw grabs trash collected from local municipalities and drops it into a chamber. There it is burned using a special process to greatly reduce the final product placed in the landfill.
    The mechanical claw grabs trash collected from local municipalities and drops it into a chamber. There it is burned using a special process to greatly reduce the final product placed in the landfill.
  • Covanta tour guide walks students through process after the trash has been combusted.
    Covanta tour guide walks students through process after the trash has been combusted.
  • Students open hatch to view trash in the boiler. The byproduct is inert ash. Very little pollution is created in the process.
    Students open hatch to view trash in the boiler. The byproduct is inert ash. Very little pollution is created in the process.
  • The steam that is produced from the boiler is directed to the turbines which generate electricity.
    The steam that is produced from the boiler is directed to the turbines which generate electricity.
  • Covanta Tour guide walks students through diagram of the facility before tour begins.
    Covanta Tour guide walks students through diagram of the facility before tour begins.

 Teachers and students were not aware of the self-sustaining facility located minutes from their school nor how little pollution was produced in the process of creating energy from waste. 


EfW generates clean, renewable energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports recycling through the recovery of metals.      

(Photo credit: Kent Fairfield Photography)