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    Tracking the industry: US waste and recycling info hub

    Follow 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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    Where curbside recycling programs have stopped in the US

    Pembroke Pines is one of the latest Florida municipalities to ends its curbside recycling program, citing cost issues, and send the material to a combustion facility instead.

    Updated Jan. 14, 2022
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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry's M&A boom

    Keep up with the latest acquisitions, including Rubicon's newly announced purchase of software company CIVIX.

    Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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    Stakeholders urge Supreme Court to act fast on OSHA mandate

    Stakeholders from all sides hoped the court would have a ruling before the emergency temporary standard's Jan. 10 enforcement date.

    Updated Jan. 10, 2022
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    RTS acquires Elytus, making it one of the industry's largest waste brokers

    The New York-based company has picked up an estimated 12,000 service locations and is going national with its biggest transaction to date. CEO Greg Lettieri shares how this fits into its growth plans for 2022.

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    Omicron spread disrupts US waste and recycling operations as 2022 begins

    Unlike previous COVID-19 surges that struck more regionally, the latest wave appears to be wreaking havoc on staff availability across the country. Dallas and Detroit are among the latest cities affected.

    Updated Jan. 7, 2022
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    BLS documents record number of quits in November

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported 4.5 million quits during the month in an indication that the "Great Resignation" has yet to slow.

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    FCC Environmental poised to win mixed waste MRF contract as California adapts to organics law

    Placer County has become a microcosm of how jurisdictions are preparing for major changes under California's SB 1383 organics recycling regulations. FCC recently won out over GreenWaste, Recology-affiliated Nortech and others.

    Updated Jan. 6, 2022
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    We must invest in compost infrastructure to match growing demand for sustainable products

    Jessica Bowman, executive director of the Plant Based Products Council, points to new consumer survey data as another reason to evolve materials management options and pass the national COMPOST Act.

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    With $45M Closed Loop deal, Sims Municipal Recycling to expand and compete for more contracts

    The pending sale of a stake in the Australian scrap giant's U.S. curbside recycling division is called a "game-changer" as the company aims to pursue more municipal contracts and make new products from the recycled material.

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    Frustrated by collection worker deaths, industry groups target distracted driving

    Waste and recycling groups believe distracted driving and cellphone usage are key factors in the fatalities. A lack of data on crash causes and disagreements on how to solve the problem have stalled meaningful solutions.

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    By the numbers: 2021's waste and recycling trends

    Take a look back through the key data points that shaped the conversations around some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, policy and workforce challenges — in an eventful year.

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    US Supreme Court sets Jan. 7 hearing on vaccine mandates for employers

    The high court is consolidating appeals regarding court-ordered stays placed on two of the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.

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    EPA action and US recycling policy during Biden's 1st year in office

    2021 brought a new EPA administrator, a nominee to lead the agency's waste efforts that is vocal on PFAS and environmental justice, the long-anticipated National Recycling Strategy and recycling funds in the infrastructure package.

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    How the pandemic impacted waste and recycling workforces in 2021

    The arrival of vaccines brought new considerations for employees and employers, while shifts in the broader U.S. workforce created new challenges for hiring and retention.

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    Roundup: Waste Dive's 2021 Q&A's with waste and recycling leaders

    From Waste Management's first chief sustainability officer to the Biden administration's pick to lead U.S. EPA waste policy, look back on the year's conversations with execs, authors, investors, entrepreneurs and regulators.

  • Meera Joshi to step down from FMCSA as leadership vacancy persists

    Joshi has been in the Senate confirmation process for months to become head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a position that's been vacant since Ray Martinez stepped down in October 2019.

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    OSHA vaccine mandate is back on for now as appeals court dissolves stay

    In an update on its website following the court's decision, OSHA said it would resume implementing the ETS but delay enforcement.

    Updated Dec. 20, 2021
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    Fatalities continued to fall in 2020, but waste collection workers still had 6th deadliest US job

    BLS data shows collection workers had a safer year than they did in 2019, but MRF and landfill worker deaths rose slightly. Industry associations hope more safety programs and education will help drive numbers down.

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    Rubicon going public in $1.7B SPAC deal as 'digital challenger' to waste industry's 'status quo'

    The Kentucky-based tech company, known for its aggressive efforts to "disrupt" the waste and recycling industry without owning physical assets, expects to more than double revenues by 2024. The deal could close by Q2.

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    Dual-stream recycling proponents feel vindicated after converted communities see financial benefits

    Recent years of commodity market turbulence emphasized the value of clean material. Now, recycling program managers in Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere are touting results from ditching the common single-stream system.

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    Federal agencies to revisit overtime, joint employment rules in 2022

    The U.S. Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board will propose updates in the coming months, according to a government to-do list.

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    Reuse rebounds: National Zero Waste Conference highlights policy potential in 2022

    After early coronavirus fears halted many reuse efforts, year two of the pandemic saw new investments in reuse systems and a desire to circumvent supply chain disruptions in disposable packaging.

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    Cutting meat, produce and cereal loss key to reducing food waste's environmental effects: EPA

    In a new report, the agency said households and restaurants account for half of all wasted food, while food processing is responsible for 34 million metric tons per year. The report also noted limited progress toward a 2030 reduction goal. 

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    Timeline: What's next for the OSHA vaccine mandate litigation?

    The Supreme Court would have to go "pedal to the metal" to rule on the ETS before its expiration date, one source told HR Dive.