The Latest

  • Two green dumpsters, one with an open top, in front of a brick wall
    Image attribution tooltip
    Sliveoak via Getty Images

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

    Clairvest has acquired a majority stake in Boston Carting Services, following a recapitalization with Ironwood Capital. Atlas Organics has also expanded its Western presence by acquiring Dirt Hugger.

    Updated July 1, 2022
  • Federal recycling legislation
    Image attribution tooltip
    Danielle Ternes / Waste Dive

    Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

    Catch up on all the bills and actions in Congress this session related to recycling, plastics, food waste and recovery, e-scrap and more with our comprehensive tracker.

    Updated June 29, 2022
  • Collection carts in Denver, Colorado
    Image attribution tooltip
    Cole Rosengren/Waste Dive

    Denver City Council greenlights pay-as-you-throw system for 2023

    Officials voted Monday to implement volume-based pricing for trash, expand recycling pickups and provide weekly compost collection at no added cost.

    Updated June 28, 2022
  • ESG tracker
    Image attribution tooltip
    Danielle Ternes/Waste Dive

    Tracking ESG climate targets from US waste and recycling companies

    Recology recently announced plans to set an emissions reduction target in 2023 and emphasized a shift away from traditional diesel fuel.

    Updated June 27, 2022
  • None
    Image attribution tooltip
    Drew Angerer via Getty Images
    NYC commercial waste reform

    As inflation surges, pricing becomes focal point for upcoming New York commercial waste zone system

    The city recently approved its first waste rate cap increase since 2018 and added greater weight to pricing proposals for a bid process that will reshape the market. Local stakeholders remain wary about how things will unfold.

  • Image attribution tooltip
    georgeclerk via Getty Images
    NYC commercial waste reform

    Key stories from the New York commercial waste reform saga

    The multiyear push to implement a nonexclusive franchise system has been tumultuous and complex. Follow along with Waste Dive’s in-depth coverage.

    Updated June 27, 2022
  • Plastic waste on a sandy beach. Pollution of the waters of the world ocean by plastic. Polluted beach in Los Angeles, USA
    Image attribution tooltip
    Konoplytska via Getty Images

    Clock ticking for contentious California EPR bill to avert plastics ballot measure

    SB 54 is supported by major recyclers, including Republic Services, but it is drawing opposition from key environmental groups. It must pass by the end of this month to stop an upcoming plastics fee ballot initiative.

    Updated June 27, 2022
  • California state flag and state capitol building in Sacramento
    Image attribution tooltip
    DustyPixel via Getty Images
    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    California's local governments grapple with financial and logistical demands of organics recycling law

    Regulations weren’t finalized for years, and the pandemic delayed many plans. New state grants worth $180 million will help, but more will be needed to meet this unfunded mandate. Read Part 3 of our series.

  • McKay Bay WTE facility during 2015 NAWTEC facility tour
    Image attribution tooltip
    The image by Solid Waste Association of North America is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Florida solidifies its status as the nation's waste-to-energy capital with supportive new law

    A bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will establish a unique program to subsidize power purchase agreements and expansion expenses for municipally-owned combustion facilities.

    Updated June 22, 2022
  • Image attribution tooltip
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Opinion

    Surveying the corporate-controlled EPR landscape in 2022

    Amid new producer responsibility action in states such as Colorado, New York and Hawaii, Neil Seldman of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance weighs in on the best way to approach this policy going forward.

  • Image attribution tooltip
    Brian Tucker / Waste Dive

    Where curbside recycling programs have stopped in the US

    Starting Wednesday, Santa Rosa County, Florida, is pausing recycling as the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s MRF in Pensacola undergoes repairs. Plans are to bring it back online again in August.

    Updated June 22, 2022
  • Image attribution tooltip
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

    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 June 23, 2022
  • Photo composite of climate activists, plastic bottles, soda cans, and landfill flare.
    Image attribution tooltip

    Photo Illustration: Shaun Lucas/Industry Dive; Getty Images

    Q&A // Environmental justice conversations

    University of Maine researchers: Circular economy concepts may be overlooking environmental justice

    The circular economy can offer “transformative promises” and potential job creation, but a recent literature review found many reports overlook EJ's role in sustaining such systems.

  • Cardboard boxes on conveyor belt. parcels transportation system concept
    Image attribution tooltip
    MJ_Prototype via Getty Images

    How to find packaging materials in a 'perfect storm' of supply chain issues

    The supply of corrugated boxes could improve in the next six months, according to Fastmarkets RISI, but other categories may be challenging until 2023.

  • Compost, recycling and garbage carts set outside of the home on the curb for residential garbage and recycling pickup.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Michael Vi via Getty Images

    EPA aims to disburse $375M in waste and recycling funds from infrastructure bill by spring 2023

    Stakeholders have called for the EPA to move quickly on implementing funding from grants and initiatives that the agency says represent its “largest investment in recycling in 30 years.”

    Updated June 15, 2022
  • Garbage truck collecting waste
    Image attribution tooltip
    Minertree via Getty Images
    Q&A

    WM explains plans to accelerate automation amid a 'war for talent'

    With the company potentially phasing out up to 7,000 positions in the next few years, Chief Customer Officer Michael Watson elaborated on efforts to “upskill” employees and seize growth opportunities even in a tight labor market.

  • White T-shirt with a Recover and Goldman Sachs blue tag.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Recover; Goldman Sachs

    Recycled cotton company Recover raises $100M in funding led by Goldman Sachs

    The latest round of funding for a company focused on textile waste speaks to the need for innovation in an industry that creates tons of waste annually.

  • Image attribution tooltip
    The image by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0
    Q&A

    How Cleveland is restarting curbside recycling after more than 2 years

    Curbside service returned Monday. Ren Brumfield, the city’s first recycling coordinator, discussed the new contract with Rumpke, how to measure success, the challenges and opportunities with a total reset, and more.

  • Finished compost if moved off of a conveyor belt into a pile at the Jepson Prairie Organics compost facility April 20, 2009 in Vacaville, California.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    Expecting food waste 'tsunami,' California recyclers focus on infrastructure and end markets

    As the state rolls out universal organics collection, major companies such as Agromin, Anaergia, GreenWaste Recovery, Recology, Republic Services and WM are expanding to meet demand. Learn more in Part 2 of our series.

  • Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Building in Washington DC
    Image attribution tooltip
    qingwa via Getty Images

    How SEC ESG disclosure rules will impact private companies

    The environmental reporting requirements, once they’re finalized, will sweep in a broader range of companies than many general counsel might realize.

  • Image attribution tooltip
    Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    Recology SF corruption investigation

    San Francisco voters approve reform measure in wake of Recology corruption scandal

    The first major change to the local refuse ordinance in 90 years will update a rate-setting process that resulted in significant overcharges. It could also affect the company’s lock on hauling permits, pending further legislative action.

  • BYD collection vehicle, using New Way Sidewinder technology, for GreenWaste in Palo Alto, California
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by BYD

    Palo Alto, California, amending GreenWaste recycling contract in move to prioritize domestic markets

    The update will direct some rigid plastics and mixed paper to domestic processors at a cost of up to $1.2 million after the company had been been unable to prove the materials were responsibly managed once exported.

  • Several people in business attire converse in an office room.
    Image attribution tooltip

    Photo Illustration: Matthew Karmel; Industry Dive

    Q&A // Environmental justice conversations

    How New Jersey's environmental justice law is beginning to affect operators around the country

    Environmental lawyer Matthew Karmel offers insight on the law's newly-released draft rule language, plus M&A considerations and tips for navigating EJ risk assessments in any state.

  • Image attribution tooltip
    Michael Ciaglo via Getty Images

    Gov. Polis signs Colorado's EPR for packaging bill

    This is now the third state bill of its kind to pass. The law will create an advisory board with recycler representation and has seen support from certain packaging industry groups.

    Updated June 3, 2022
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch unveil the city’s first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district,
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by NYC Department of Sanitation

    New York business improvement districts adapt to expansion of waste containerization pilot

    The Times Square Alliance is moving forward with installations, but questions remain about barriers to participation around container choice and servicing for some potential adopters.