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

    Momentum Environmental and Superior Environmental acquired environmental services companies. Kinderhook-backed CARDS Recycling and Apex Waste made purchases in their respective states.

    Updated May 22, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent global analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes. 

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    Minnesota legislature passes packaging EPR bill with ‘shared responsibility’ model

    If signed by the governor, Minnesota could soon become the fifth state to enact such a law. Eureka Recycling heralded the outcome, and Ameripen described the legislation as “a fair compromise.”

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    Rubicon pays down debt, discloses revenue for divested fleet tech business

    In its first earnings report since a recent sale of assets, Rubicon shared an updated look at its financial standing. This included specific details on its software-as-a-service business that had not been reported before.

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    Retrieved from Apex Waste Solutions on May 20, 2024
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    Apex Waste Solutions aims to scale in consolidated Colorado market

    Apex launched with a goal of offering independent service after larger companies bought out many local haulers. Now, with private equity backing from Kinderhook, the company is growing quickly through its own purchases.

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    Long-awaited PFAS regulations renew strategy discussions at WasteExpo

    Recent EPA announcements and rapidly evolving mitigation technologies led to many conversations about how the waste industry should invest in, manage and research these forever chemicals. 

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    WM completes $23M MRF upgrades in Pennsylvania, part of multifacility plan

    The AI-enabled optical sorter upgrades at the Pittsburgh MRF are designed to better sort polypropylene, WM said. It previously announced similar upgrades at a Wisconsin site and plans another facility opening in Florida next month. 

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    Retrieved from DTG Recycle on May 16, 2024
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    DTG Recycle names new CEO

    Jordan Reber recently took the helm at the Washington-based company, which is backed by Macquarie. He brings experience with heavy equipment and leadership from multiple prior roles.

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    Q&A

    Casella president outlines growth plans for mid-Atlantic and other priorities

    Ned Coletta, roughly six months into his role as president, is working on multiple aspects of the company’s strategy. He recently shared updates on disposal capacity, PFAS treatment, RNG projects, training and more.

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    New York state recycling needs assessment published amid push to pass EPR

    The first phase of the needs assessment, conducted by RRS for the Center for Sustainable Materials Management, shows more material in the state can be recovered, possibly through an EPR program, but more data is needed.

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    Waste Pro leaders talk employee training and growth plans in the Southeast

    CEO Sean Jennings and COO Keith Banasiak say offerings like CDL and technician schools, plus a focus on customer service and selective acquisitions, could help them hit the $2 billion revenue mark in a few years. 

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    New York poised to expand organics recycling mandate

    The pending bill would lower that threshold of the state’s food recovery and recycling law, which currently applies to entities that generate an average of two tons of material per week, and eliminate another key exemption.

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    NWRA fleet safety program gets cohort of 10 smaller waste haulers

    A partnership with Together for Safer Roads offers training for smaller operators that may not have the same resources as their larger competitors. Participants include Anchor Disposal, Balcones Resources and Rio Grande Waste Services.

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    Mittelstaedt touts ‘significant’ labor improvements after returning as Waste Connections CEO

    The company is making major labor and retention changes, investing in internal training and hiring and reducing voluntary turnover, CEO Ron Mittelstaedt said during WasteExpo.

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    Online C&D waste platform seeks to bring industry out of the ‘Stone Age’

    Bulk Exchange is bringing information about C&D waste facilities to their customers quicker. Facility owners in California are adding themselves to the list as the company plans to grow nationally.

    Updated May 13, 2024
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    Exhibit brings together waste artists-in-residency from DSNY, Recology

    Artists who have embedded with waste agencies and haulers around the country are showing work together in one exhibit for the first time. The show shines a light on the civic and environmental possibilities in art.

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    4 ways safety managers recommend building trust with front-line workers

    Better employee engagement comes from everyday interactions with workers, said safety leaders from Casella Waste Systems, GFL Environmental, Lytx, Republic Services and Waste Connections during a panel at WasteExpo.

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    Tracker

    Tracking GHG emissions of US waste management companies

    GreenWaste and VLS recently published new data on their sustainability metrics. Compare their progress with other major waste companies, including WM, Republic Services, Stericycle, Enviri and more.

    Updated May 9, 2024
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    GrowNYC compost drop-off funding runs out amid New York budget talks

    The nonprofit has become a fixture in communities and at farmer’s markets for its food scrap collection program, but emergency private funding was not enough to keep the programs afloat through the current fiscal year.

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    Well-known circular economy specialist appointed as CalRecycle director

    Zoe Heller is well-known in the industry for her work with CalRecycle and the U.S. EPA. Supporters says her skill set will help her manage the role as California works through major recycling, organics and diversion programs.

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    Casella, WM, others battled landfill expansion opposition in April

    Environmental justice groups continue to rally against landfill expansion plans with mixed results.

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    EPR laws’ labeling implications create more questions for CPGs

    Leaders from the Consumer Brands Association and The Recycling Partnership recently discussed how packaging EPR laws are complicating how brands can mark packaging, including for recycling.

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    EPA unveils environmental justice ‘clearinghouse’ with hundreds of resources

    The online library is an "excellent start" for municipal leaders looking to center environmental justice in their work, the National League of Cities’ sustainability director said.

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    Public waste companies spent nearly $1.3B on M&A in Q1, but deals were few

    Waste Connections led the group with multiple notable transactions, including a large E&P waste purchase, but other companies had a more muted start to the year.

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    Rubicon exits software, city business in deal with major shareholders

    CEO Phil Rodoni said the deal gives Rubicon “financial agility” at a time when it has struggled to remain profitable.