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

    Follow the latest deals from RoadRunner Recycling, Waste Connections, Allied Industrial Partners, Rumpke Waste & Recycling, DTG Recycle and others from around the U.S.

    Updated 10 hours ago
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    RMI and Carbon Mapper see better data and landfill upgrades as the keys to cutting methane emissions

    Researchers Ebun Ayandele and Daniel Cusworth outline how landfill operations can evolve in light of global efforts to tackle the climate effects of methane.

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    California Gov. Newsom signs many recycling and waste bills, vetoes two

    Bills concerning the state’s container redemption program, incineration rules, battery recycling programs, plastic bag regulations and organic waste diversion were among those Gov. Gavin Newsom signed in September.

    Updated Oct. 3, 2022
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    To fight US plastic pollution, California AG calls for more resources and more accountability

    The federal government should act more quickly to address plastic pollution and hold polluters responsible, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said during a recent seminar.

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    Where Cyclyx, ExxonMobil, McKinsey and Casella see chemical recycling going next

    During a recent MIT event, the CEO of the Cyclyx consortium said waste companies and MRF operators could play a key role in supporting a transition toward chemical recycling.

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    California’s last 2 WTE facilities under pressure following new state law

    Now that jurisdictions can no longer count waste sent to “transformation” facilities toward their recycling targets, Covanta-operated sites in Long Beach and Stanislaus County may see a shift.

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    Strategic Materials acquires Ripple Glass, plans to grow collection beyond current Midwest footprint

    SMI, North America’s largest glass recycler, sees Ripple as an expert in engaging residents. Started by a Kansas City, Missouri, brewery in 2009, Ripple has since grown to offer services in multiple states.

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    Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

    The Strategic EV Management Act has been introduced in the House; lawmakers want the federal government to reduce plastic purchases; and packaging groups are advocating for two bipartisan recycling bills.

    Updated Sept. 27, 2022
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    Zero waste advocates: California is making strides, but more action needed beyond EPR

    Longtime zero waste advocates Ruth Abbe, Rick Anthony and Neil Seldman weigh in on implications from the state’s busy legislative session and how they hope producer responsibility systems can evolve nationally.

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    Where curbside recycling programs have stopped and started in the US

    Starting next July, residents of Chesterfield County, Virginia, will have to work with private haulers if they want to have curbside recycling service.

    Updated Sept. 28, 2022
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    With more solar panels entering the US waste stream, EPR policy and standards emerge

    A Northeast Recycling Council webinar covered how manufacturing and standards must converge to handle this growing material stream. An upcoming EPR program in Washington was highlighted as one example.

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    City Haul: Making yard waste programs more resilient

    Despite staffing shortages, contamination challenges and other issues, municipal waste leaders are working to better serve residents and help diversion goals by making programs more consistent and expansive.

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    New environmental justice office at EPA aims to raise the issue’s national profile

    The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, which will employ about 200 people, is seen as another step by the Biden administration to prioritize environmental justice in its policies.

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    City Haul: Inside top issues facing municipal waste leaders

    How are waste agencies dealing with labor constraints? What do leaders tell residents who doubt the recycling system? Who are some of the new faces steering local U.S. operations? Catch up on past editions of City Haul.

    Updated Sept. 26, 2022
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    Could plastic beer can carriers be a gateway to the reuse economy?

    The HDPE carriers for many craft beers are made from recycled content, but they aren’t widely accepted for curbside recycling. From California to Vermont, people are creating systems to keep them in circulation.

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    Hutcheson confirmed as FMCSA head, ending agency’s yearslong void

    The agency has lacked a permanent leader since Ray Martinez left the post in late 2019. A key focus for Administrator Robin Hutcheson will be addressing the “unacceptable trend” of roadway fatalities.

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    Domino’s and WestRock launch initiative to boost pizza box recycling

    Recyclers have debated how to handle the greasy boxes for years, but industry research indicates this may no longer be an issue. The pizza chain and box maker are now asking customers to “Do Their Slice” by recycling.

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    Resurgent recycling market development programs from South Carolina and Goodwill

    A recent Southeast Recycling Development Council webinar highlighted “renewed interest” in market opportunities, with a focus on success stories that have emereged from creative business partnerships.

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    Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis prompts PET bottle surge and recycling efforts

    The city has been inundated with water bottles but lacks a recycling program. As studied in Flint, Michigan, emergency response groups may not always consider waste management issues in their advance planning.

  • A Tesla car recharges its battery at the Petaluma Supercharger on March 09, 2022 in Petaluma, California.
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    How the Inflation Reduction Act is heating up an already active market for critical metals in EV batteries

    Domestic sourcing requirements in the law have further highlighted supply gaps in the electric vehicle battery production chain. Experts say recycling is imperative because “we can’t mine our way out of this.”

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    Council hearing features ideas to boost New York City’s stagnant diversion rate

    During a public hearing on Tuesday, residents urged the Department of Sanitation to direct more time and resources to organics programs, education efforts and outreach to overlooked communities.

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    US Plastics Pact launches program to boost reuse and refill concepts

    Members of the brand-backed group aim to make their plastic packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, but the current scope of U.S. reuse systems remains limited.

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    California Gov. Newsom vetoes bill to set recycled content standards for plastic thermoforms

    The bill could have interfered with a broader extended producer responsibility law he signed this summer, Newsom said in a veto message. Bill supporters disagreed, while plastics industry groups applauded the decision.

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    Deep Dive // NYC commercial waste reform

    Los Angeles had a rocky commercial waste zone rollout but is seeing results. What’s in store for New York?

    New York has big goals for its zone system to boost diversion rates, infrastructure investment and labor standards. First, the city and haulers must navigate a transition process that one LA official called “six months of hell.”

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    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 Sept. 19, 2022