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In 2020, CRCQL re-launched a strategic campaign to demand clean air for Chester and that the Covanta trash incinerator, also known as Covanta Resource Recovery Facility, close operations at their waterfront facility in Chester, PA. Together with environmental justice movements in Baltimore, Camden and other cities across the nation fighting to end incineration, Chester calls upon industry and local government to take responsibility for the short and long-term implications of allowing Covanta and other toxic polluters to continue to operate and wreak havoc on community and environmental health.

In looking forward to long-term solutions on how to handle the exponential growth of trash, CRCQL launched a Zero Waste program to advocate and educate Delaware County residents on the roadmap to Zero Waste, how to implement resolutions in their own communities and demand safer, sustainable and healthier long-term solutions to waste management. 


Covanta is the largest trash incinerator in the country and burns more than 3.500 TONS of trash daily from NYC, NJ, Philly and Delaware County. It is one of the largest polluters in the region and contributes to air pollution that causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses and more.

CRCQL demands more regulation for polluting industries, and increased emission standards and higher penalties for violations. The group also fights to prevent new polluting industries from opening in Chester and nearby. We educate residents on air pollution, the environment and toxic industries throughout the county.

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