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  • Covanta is a global company that operates power stations that produce electricity for local homes and businesses from non-recyclable household waste
Location and working hours:
  • Our brand new site is in Stewartby outside Bedford
  • 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, including unpaid lunch
  • Plus occasional early evening or Saturday meet and greet support for local community events and meetings (approx. 12 per year
  • Permanent role with good salary and annual bonus
  • Training provided
Responsibilities(including but not limited to):
  • Manage site visitor and reception 'meet and greet'to include welcoming visitors and guests and ensuring the reception area creates a good first impression of Covanta.
  • Be the main point of contact for all reception area activities.
  • Provide office administration support to the Plant Administrator and Plant Managers.
  • Responsible for developing a good working relationships with all team members at all levels.
  • Some data entry and updating basic reports for the site manager.
  • Order office stationary and manage stock, and ordering protective equipment and managing laundry supplies.
  • Responsible a clean and safe working office environment, including maintaining standards of housekeeping, health and safety and security.
  • Carry out the role of First Aider for the facility.
  • Manage room bookings and visitor centre bookings.
  • Manage kitchen supplies and maintain kitchen areas in clean condition.
  • Arrange outside catering deliveries and transport for visitors.
  • Responsible for managing general enquiries e-mail, telephone and correspondence.
  • Support the hospitality of visitors in the onsite conference and education facilities, including making refreshments.
  • Book staff travel arrangements.
  • Support recruitment, onboarding and training requirements for new employees.
Specific Skills Required:
  • Bright and welcoming personality.
  • Team player.
  • IT: Good Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint skills, and Outlook email.
  • Desirable: Experience of the using a document management system like Sharepoint.
  • Comfortable working in a busy and changing role as the business grows.
  • The candidate must be a good communicator with all levels of staff and types of visitors.
  • Excellent English in terms of written and verbal communication and theability to accurately record meetings and conferences.
  • Ability to write basic reports and effectively present to the Facility Team.
  • Ability to highlight unsafe situations and take appropriate safe action to prevent injury.

Closing date for applications: 4th January 2022

For applicants to Canadian positions only: as of December 1, 2021, subject to applicable law, Covanta/Covanta Environmental Solutions (CES) will require all new hires to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by their start date.Proof of vaccination must be presented on the new hire's first day of employment.Those who qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement may request an exemption through Covanta's approved process and must do so on or before their first date of employment.Hired candidates who are not fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021, or who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.


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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