The York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) is designated as a Star site in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The distinction of being a Star site recognizes Covanta York Renewable Energy, LLC (operator of the RRC) for achieving sustained excellence in all areas of its health and safety management system. The RRC is one of approximately 4,400 sites in the United States (out of a possible 5.2 million) recognized by OSHA as having achieved Star status. Covanta initially earned the Star status in 2002 as a result of the diligence and commitment to continuous safety improvement by the employees of Covanta York, in cooperation with the York County Solid Waste Authority (owner of the RRC). To retain Star status, facilities must submit an annual self-evaluation to OSHA and undergo periodic onsite evaluations.
OSHA created the Voluntary Protection Program in 1982 to recognize industrial institutions that demonstrate exemplary safety and health programs that surpass the best safety practices and requirements set forth by the Code of Federal Regulations. The objective of the program is to instill a high degree of safety awareness among all employees. The York County Solid Waste Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC). The facility is operated by Covanta York Renewable Energy, LLC. The facility has been in operation since 1989 to process all of York County’s combustible household waste, as well as some types of manufacturing waste. The RRC is a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy facility that uses garbage as a fuel to heat boilers to produce steam to drive a turbine and produce “green power”. For each ton of waste processed we off-set approximately one ton of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of the carbon sequestered in 10 years by planting 23 tree seedlings.