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    Tracking the industry: US waste and recycling info hub

    Keep up on some of the most essential developments around M&A, ESG pledges, federal and state policy, PFAS regulations, quarterly earnings results and more with Waste Dive's unique trackers and ongoing in-depth coverage.

    Updated Nov. 23, 2021
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    Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

    The Build Back Better Act, which passed the House last week with $200 million for recycling, received opposition from the National Waste & Recycling Association over "anti-energy provisions" and labor law concerns.

    Updated Nov. 24, 2021
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    Little for CFOs to like in Build Back Better tax provisions

    Even if the Senate softens the legislation, companies can expect to see more complicated tax compliance and a potential excise tax on stock buybacks.

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    Plastic resin buyers struggle with high prices and short supply

    Businesses have stockpiled product, used fewer materials and bolstered internal manufacturing to cope in a tight market.

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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Waste and recycling employers prepping for OSHA coronavirus requirements amid legal holdups

    A Jan. 4 deadline for vaccinations or weekly testing has been halted, but the industry is still closely reviewing the standard, with attention to provisions such as an exemption for outdoor workers, which could apply to certain job types.

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    Opinion

    The EPA wants to fix US recycling. Start by making it simpler.

    Geoff Freeman, who leads the Consumer Brands Association, makes the case that standardizing definitions is key to improving both packaging design and education to reduce contamination.

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    Q&A // Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    Incoming EPA assistant administrator touts 'back to basics' approach to climate change, circular economy

    Carlton Waterhouse, nominee to lead the Office of Land and Emergency Management, says the EPA will tackle its 2030 recycling goals by focusing more on source reduction and funding materials management infrastructure.

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    Where curbside recycling programs have stopped in the US

    Two years after Waste Dive launched this list, at least 100 municipalities are known to have currently stopped programs. Some cities have restored service, while others were newly strained by the pandemic’s operating challenges.

    Updated Nov. 17, 2021
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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York aims to launch commercial waste zones in 2022, sector's largest change in decades

    A long-anticipated RFP kicks off a process that could see coveted 10-year contracts awarded by next summer. Fifty companies have qualified to bid, including Waste Management, Waste Connections and Action Environmental.

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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    EPA's 2030 recycling strategy turns focus to circular economy and environmental justice

    The long-awaited master plan focuses on steps to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, but regulators promise it's just "part one" of a larger effort to tackle climate change on a higher level, and more details will follow.

    Updated Nov. 16, 2021
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    Biden signs infrastructure bill with more than $350M for recycling, but local effects still years away

    Recycling stakeholders have asked the EPA to keep them involved as it works to implement numerous grants the infrastructure bill contains, including from the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and RECYCLE Act.

    Updated Nov. 15, 2021
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    How US recycling programs make it work from coast to coast

    Professionals working in multifamily city buildings, drop-off sites in tribal nations and programs in more isolated island areas weigh in on what's working, and what's still challenging, when it comes to recycling in 2021.

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    Aluminum can recyclers call for federal and state 'bottle bills' to hit 2030 target

    The Can Manufacturers Institute recently announced that it will lobby for container deposit laws at the state and federal levels to bring UBC recycling rates up to 70% by 2030.

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    Opinion

    It's time to look harder at landfills if we're serious about addressing climate change

    Leaders from the Institute for Energy and Resource Management, drawing on Europe's experience, make the case for why it's time to stop landfilling MSW and move toward a more integrated waste management system.

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    Opinion

    The imperative for a reuse economy and culture

    Linda Pouliot, CEO of reusable dishware delivery service Dishcraft, shares lessons learned from the early stages of California's shift toward reuse systems for food service packaging.

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    Corporate Growth Conference: Navigating modern M&A involves more partners than ever before

    Speakers at last week's Chicago event, including former CEOs who've sold companies to GFL and Waste Management, highlighted the evolution of deal logistics over the years, including the growing role of private equity.

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    Opinion

    The dirty truth about the waste industry's 'labor shortage'

    Chuck Stiles, director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division of the Teamsters union, says the industry's issue with recruiting and retaining workers comes down to insufficient wages, benefits and respect.

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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Court stays employer vaccine mandate

    The 5th Circuit ordered a stay on OSHA's vaccination policy due to "grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate."

    Updated Nov. 8, 2021
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    Global rule maker created for ESG disclosure standards

    CFOs aiming to adopt sustainability disclosure standards must currently choose from more than a dozen inconsistent, competing frameworks. 

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    What waste industry CEOs said about the labor market during Q3 earnings calls

    Casella, GFL, Republic, Waste Connections and Waste Management addressed the impact of labor constraints on their ability to take on new business, the role of automation, and related pricing changes and costs.

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    Solid waste collection, landfill workers saw injury rate drop in 2020: BLS data

    Focus on infection prevention in the coronavirus pandemic's first year, when illness cases spiked, may have increased attention to everyday safety messages as well. At the same time, incidence rates for MRF workers rose.

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    GFL 2021 earnings

    GFL Environmental on track to close 40 acquisitions this year, ramping up RNG and MRF projects

    Having acquired assets worth an estimated C$735 million in annual revenue to date, GFL intends to keep up its pace for the foreseeable future and raised 2021 guidance.

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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    OSHA sets Jan. 4 deadline for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines

    The Biden administration's move has been widely described as a major development for large U.S. workplaces.

    Updated Nov. 4, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    With landfill methane in the climate spotlight, satellite and flyover measurements attract a following

    Landfill operators, nonprofits and regulators are looking to remote measurement technologies as a new way to check on methane releases. But it's too soon to know if they'll settle the emissions modeling debate.

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    Massachusetts banning disposal of textiles, mattresses and more organics in 2022

    The state's Department of Environmental Protection has finalized a plan that calls for a 30% reduction in disposal volumes by 2030. Even if it hits that target, local disposal capacity will still be very constrained.