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    Tracking ESG climate targets from US waste and recycling companies

    GFL Environmental, WM and Waste Connections have new emissions reduction goals, while Casella Waste Systems streamlined its own goals. Follow the progress and related reports for these and other major companies.

    Updated 17 hours ago
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    A history of US cities adopting zero waste goals

    The concept has become a mainstream part of municipal waste planning, experts say, even as targets largely remain aspirational and some recent efforts have faced pandemic-related setbacks.

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    Tracking 2022 recycling laws by state

    State legislatures around the U.S. have had another active year. Organics recycling laws are now included in the tracker in addition to those on EPR, recycled content, container deposit systems and product bans.

    Updated Nov. 29, 2022
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    GFL launches first ESG targets, aiming to reduce GHG emissions 15% by 2030

    The Canada-based company’s first set of detailed targets comes after its landfill portfolio has doubled in recent years. GFL is focusing on renewable natural gas projects as well as alternative fuel vehicles in the years ahead.

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    How Redbox+ Dumpsters aims to grow its roll-off business in recession-resilient segments of construction

    Doug Smith, senior vice president of franchise development at Belfor Franchise Group, discussed recent trends regarding demand for roll-off containers and what’s attracting new franchisees to the business.

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    Seattle plans to move beyond diversion rate goals as it doubles down on waste prevention

    Through its current solid waste plan update, Seattle Public Utilities hopes to develop metrics that better reflect the environmental and circular economy benefits from the city’s progress on waste prevention and reuse.

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    With $100M in recycling and waste grants now available, EPA schedules info sessions on how to apply

    The agency will host multiple workshops about how state, territorial and local governments can make their case for the highly anticipated infrastructure and education funding by the Jan. 16 deadline.

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    3 tips on building more inclusive recycling and waste programs for underserved communities

    Speakers at the recent National Recycling Congress shared outreach and funding tips for communities where English is not the primary language, services are inconvenient or nonexistent or other systemic barriers exist.

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    Where does chemical recycling fit into EPR policy? Experts say it’s complicated.

    Chemical recycling isn’t a monolith, and future conversations about the technology need more nuance, particularly around EPR, speakers at a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar said. 

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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry’s M&A boom

    Catch up on the latest deals involving DTG Recycle, Lautenbach Recycling, Northwest Recycling, Frontier Waste Solutions, Ascend Performance Materials, Canusa Hershman, Junk King, Mountain State Waste and more.

    Updated Dec. 1, 2022
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    Why WM and Dow are launching a curbside plastic film recycling pilot

    After WM assesses the plastic film processing capabilities at a newer MRF, it expects to expand the Chicago-area program. The company’s pending acquisition of Avangard Innovative could provide an end market.

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    Frontier Waste Solutions sells majority stake to private equity investors amid Texas growth

    Since John Gustafson founded it in 2017, Frontier has completed numerous acquisitions and won multiple municipal contracts. This latest investment is expected to further accelerate that growth.

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    Rubicon announces layoffs, debt restructuring to stabilize company

    The waste broker was previously facing serious liquidity issues, with $102.6 million worth of debt once set to mature next month. A software deal with Palantir Technologies was cited among its notable costs.

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    San Diego’s Measure B, which would allow waste collection fees, poised to pass

    The pending measure would update a 1919 ordinance and allow the city to charge all residents for trash pickup, potentially freeing up funds to help with the implementation of California’s sweeping organics collection law.

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    Advocates call for more composting resources in 2023 farm bill reauthorization

    Composting grants, education programs and incentives could get a boost in the 2023 farm bill, but only with advocacy help, the U.S. Composting Council and Kiss the Ground said.

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    Recology SF corruption investigation

    Recology reaches $25M settlement with San Francisco to offset future rate increases

    This agreement comes after the company earned more than an agreed-upon 9% profit margin, even after factoring in a prior $100 million ratepayer reimbursement settlement.

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    America Recycles Day 2022: Updates from around the country

    This year’s event was marked by the U.S. EPA opening up $375 million in grant funding, President Biden calling on manufacturers to better support reuse and recycling, Colorado’s governor weighing in on EPR and more.

    Updated Nov. 17, 2022
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    California’s recycling rate fell to 40% in 2021, though organics disposal decreased, CalRecycle says

    Recent state funding and new legislation can help reduce disposal and raise recycling rates as part of a broader state circular economy strategy, CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said.

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    Closed Loop launches new recycling company, Circular Services, with $700M investment

    Combining the operations of Sims Municipal Recycling, Balcones Resources, Retrievr, HomeBiogas and more, the new company, to be led by Closed Loop CEO Ron Gonen, is being touted as a “holistic” service provider.

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    Opinion

    What analyzing National Sword can teach us about optimizing US plastics recycling

    The dust has yet to settle from the major reckoning the U.S. plastics recycling system faced, but three notable factors have the potential to change the status quo going forward, write researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

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    The next frontier in e-commerce packaging: reusable bags and boxes

    Online ordering spiked during the pandemic — and so did the waste it creates. As Cyber Monday approaches, startups such as Returnity and Trashless are developing ways to offer consumers and retailers an alternative.

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    EPA promises recycling infrastructure funds, new reports coming soon

    During the National Recycling Congress, the U.S. EPA’s Nena Shaw said the infrastructure grant funding process is almost ready and previewed work on batteries, data collection and future reports on plastics and food waste.

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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    Is California’s 2025 organics diversion target still viable?

    An independent commission is now assessing whether course corrections are needed for the state’s landmark SB 1383 law. CalRecycle, WM, Republic Services, Agromin, Anaergia and many others have weighed in.

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    California’s high-stakes experiment to cut organic waste disposal 75% by 2025

    Waste companies and local governments in the state are making massive investments and operational changes to meet the demands of SB 1383. Explore the implications with our ongoing series.

    Updated Nov. 14, 2022
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    Archaea revenue grows, RNG output rises ahead of sale to BP

    The Texas-based company, which specializes in creating energy from gas at landfills and other sites, continues to ramp up operations. A date has also been set for shareholders to approve its $4.1 billion sale to BP.