Derwood, Maryland

10756            Location
Derwood, MD
Functional Area
Plant Operations
Sustainable Solutions
Position Type
Full-Time Regular
           Education Required
High School Diploma/GED
Experience Required
Minimum 1 Year
           Relocation Provided

Position Description

About Covanta: Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit .

Information on our facilities is available at . For career opportunities, visit . Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Located at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station in Derwood MD, we seek a dedicated and energetic individual to fill the role of Transfer Station Operator. The Transfer Station Operator is responsible to greet customers at the Public Unloading Facility (PUF), Upper Recycle Lot, Transfer Station Tipping Floor, and other locations on site to direct individuals to the appropriate areas for recyclable material or solid waste drop-off. The Transfer Station Operator also inspects the material for compliance with the Transfer Station's Solid Waste Permit and Montgomery County's Recycling Regulations. In addition to greeting the customers, the Transfer Station Operator also directs traffic, maintains safe traffic patterns, answers customers' questions, assists with off-loading of bulky materials, operates a fork-lift, loads trailers with recyclable materials, removes rims from tires, disassembles appliances for non-ferrous metal recycling, maintains a clean work area, and assists with overall Site housekeeping. In addition to PUF and Upper Recycle Lot responsibilities, the Transfer Station Operator will also be trained to act as a Tipping Floor Attendant directing solid waste vehicles into the Tipping Buildings.

This position will require outside work and in all types of inclement weather. The work schedule for this position includes days, evenings and weekends.

Position Requirements
The requirements for this position are:

- High School education or GED
- One year's work experience in a similar field
- The ability to operate a fork lift
- Good communication and customer relations skills
- Good mechanical aptitude
- The ability to work with hand and power tools
- The ability to lift fifty (50) pounds
- The ability to work outside and in the elements

Derwood, Maryland

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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