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

    Quantix acquired a chemical waste transporter; GFL acquired a Florida C&D company; E360S expanded in Quebec; and Apex Waste Solutions acquired multiple Colorado companies, including Infinite Disposal.

    Updated April 4, 2024
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    5 packaging innovation trends to watch in 2024: SPC

    AI, digital labeling and “paperization” top the movements highlighted in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s inaugural Packaging Innovation Trends Report.

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    CNG vehicles, now mainstream, remain popular options for the waste industry

    While electric vehicles are gaining more attention, waste companies and vendors such as Labrie Group say demand for compressed natural gas vehicles is growing as an alternative to diesel.

    Updated April 11, 2024
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    EPA sets drinking water standards for PFAS, kicking off questions for waste operators

    The agency’s final rule, which includes more detailed limits than were in its initial proposal, will be phased in over multiple years. It also comes with $1 billion in funding for public water systems and updated disposal guidance.

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    Filco Carting hires CFO with Macquarie, Tunnel Hill experience

    Dymah Paige joined the company as it prepares to start servicing commercial waste zones in New York City and scales up municipal contracts in New Jersey — where it recently prevailed in a court battle.

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    Divert chooses North Carolina for its 3rd anaerobic digestion facility

    The facility follows two projects under construction in California and Washington. It’s part of Divert’s push to expand its AD capabilities throughout the U.S.

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    PFAS destruction solutions advance as EPA drinking water standard looms

    The recent Northeast Conference on the Science of PFAS convened regulators from the EPA and state agencies, as well as technology providers, for an in-depth update about what’s next for the forever chemicals.

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    Multiple landfills approved for expansion in past month, including WM site in Arkansas

    Private and publicly owned landfills in Arkansas, California, New York and South Carolina all received expansion approval, while Waste Connections backed off plans for another county-owned site.

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    SEC stays climate-risk disclosure rule as it works through legal challenges

    The agency maintains that the regulation is within the agency’s authority and said it “will continue vigorously defending the Final Rules’ validity in court.”

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    LJP Waste Solutions names new CEO as part of growth plan

    Michael Malatesta, an industry veteran with experience building companies that were sold to Covanta and VLS, is joining the Minnesota-based waste and recycling company.

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    GFL acquires sizable Florida C&D company Angelo’s Recycled Materials

    The family-run operation includes a C&D landfill and multiple locations. GFL Environmental CEO Patrick Dovigi previously said the deal would constitute about half of the company’s spending on M&A for the year.

    Updated April 4, 2024
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    LRS hires more C-suite execs as company refocuses under new leadership

    LRS also underwent a recent round of layoffs, citing "ongoing integration efforts." The changes come after the Macquarie-backed company completed restructuring plans following a period of rapid growth through acquisitions.

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    Tracking notable recycling laws by state

    Washington’s governor approved a law to continue the state lighting stewardship program, while Maryland’s legislature sent a paint EPR bill to its governor.

    Updated April 3, 2024
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    Domestic PCR-virgin resin battle faces global headwinds but finds local remedies

    PCR markets are still facing competition with virgin resin and oversupply headwinds, but future recycled content policy impacts and changes to contracts could help, said speakers at the Plastics Recycling Conference.

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    (2022). "How Riverview’s Modern Landfill Works" [Video]. Retrieved from Riverview, Michigan.
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    Study analyzes Minnesota RNG potential; Republic Services, Archaea and Waga launch projects

    March saw several firsts in the RNG industry, including Waga Energy’s first U.S. project coming online in New York and South Florida’s first landfill RNG project breaking ground. 

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    Circular Action Alliance is lone PRO to submit program plan for Oregon EPR

    The brands-led group, which is already active in Colorado, California and Maryland, is eyeing end-of-year approval for its plan, as 2025 recycling changes loom.

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    EPA finalizes accelerated zero-emissions transition for heavy-duty fleets

    The final rule was softened somewhat from an initial proposal but still sets a swifter emissions reductions pathway than was previously required nationwide. Major waste companies reported they could face higher costs. 

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    DOE awards $62M in grants for consumer battery collection and recycling

    AMP, the New York Department of Sanitation, ERI, Call2Recycle and researchers from numerous state labs are among the recipients of the grants, meant to increase domestic collection and recycling of consumer batteries.

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    Industry Dive; Keith Srakocic/AP

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    Chemical recycling plants are on the rise. What does it mean for MRF operators?

    Chemical recyclers see MRFs and specialty collection partnerships as important feedstock sources to fulfill production promises, but experts say it’s too early to determine how they could influence recycled plastic markets.

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    Legislation, film plastics and data collection take center stage at Plastics Recycling Conference

    Attendees brainstormed ways to remedy the supply and demand mismatch for recycled plastic, grow film and chemical recycling opportunities and take advantage of plastic waste’s attention-grabbing moment in policy.

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    Landfill methane survey finds significant ‘misalignment’ between models and real-world conditions

    The study, released by Carbon Mapper on Thursday, found that 52% of landfills surveyed had point source methane emissions and cast doubt on existing estimates.

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    Frontier Waste Solutions’ first landfill purchase rides fast-growing market

    The company recently acquired a newly built C&D landfill, adding to its growing footprint in North Texas and throughout the state. CEO John Gustafson discussed Frontier’s continued plans for expansion.

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    Massachusetts recyclers look to take their programs to the next level

    MassRecycle is looking beyond its decades-old name, “expanding our scope to match the multitude of possibilities available in sustainable materials management,” the nonprofit’s president said at an event this month.

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    Viridi, Casella say expanded AD facility can help address Maine’s biosolids issues

    The companies tout their partnership at an anaerobic digester in Brunswick, Maine, as a way to reduce volumes of biosolids that contain PFAS. The facility will also produce power and RNG for the community.

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    PCR procurement platform Circular eyes expansion with $10.5M in funding

    Circular plans to expand internationally, add employees and introduce materials besides plastics to the platform.