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

    Terracon acquired Harbor Environmental, WM acquired Winters Bros. Waste and a Florida C&D recycler, and Triumvirate Environmental acquired Danox.

    Updated July 16, 2024
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    Tracking recycling laws by state

    The Massachusetts Senate approved a proposed expansion of the state bottle bill to increase deposits to 10 cents, add more containers and make other updates.

    Updated June 26, 2024
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    Debrand aims to scale textile recycling in US amid growing brand and policy demand

    WM-backed Debrand’s expansion into the U.S. aims to strengthen textile sorting and recycling infrastructure in North America. Factors like chemical recycling and EPR could influence the market for textile recycling.

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    EPA opens civil rights investigation into Baltimore waste plan

    The EPA will investigate whether Baltimore City and its Department of Public Works violated communities’ civil rights with its waste plan, which preserves the city’s status quo with a WIN Waste combustion facility.

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    Packaging groups engaged on numerous state EPR bills in 2024. What have they learned?

    Material and CPG trade groups are growing more accustomed to extended producer responsibility legislation in statehouses. Leaders weighed in on lessons to take forward from Minnesota, New York and other states this year.

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    Dueling farm bills address anaerobic digestion, composting, PFAS

    The House and Senate versions of the farm bill, which remain far from reconciliation, contain changes to programs that have benefited the organic waste industry along with other food waste reduction measures.

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    Canada releases draft of first federal landfill methane requirements

    Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a detailed regulatory proposal that would, for the first time, set national minimum landfill gas standards for the country.

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    Retrieved from Winters Bros. Waste Systems on July 15, 2024
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    WM acquires Winters Bros. Waste, a major New York company

    Long Island’s largest independent hauler and recycler, which employs more than 500 people, has numerous assets in an area that faces strains from an upcoming reduction in regional disposal capacity.

    Updated July 16, 2024
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    NWRA and others challenge EPA’s PFAS hazardous substance designation in federal court

    The National Waste & Recycling Association wants the court to consider multiple aspects of the EPA’s decision to classify certain PFAS as hazardous under Superfund regulations. Environmental groups are pushing back.

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    Triumvirate Environmental scales to become a $500M player in the special waste field

    CEO John McQuillan said the Massachusetts company has grown by handling one of the broadest ranges of regulated waste in the market. He also discussed a unique plastic lumber subsidiary.

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    Proposed OSHA heat rule leaves waste industry with operational questions

    Waste and recycling groups say the proposed standard raises practical questions of how to change schedules and other operations to better protect workers from the heat.

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    Marny Investissement takes controlling stake in Anaergia, CFO resigns

    The company was able to secure Marny’s final round of investment after reporting financial results. CFO Andrew Spence has resigned and founder Andrew Benedek was replaced in his role as chairman of the board. 

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    The Recycling Partnership’s new chief marketing officer sees power in a good story

    Dune Ives, formerly of Lonely Whale, takes the helm as The Recycling Partnership’s chief marketing officer. She plans to tackle recycling myths with creative storytelling.

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    Satellite and flyover tech advances for landfill methane as industry seeks more clarity

    WM is testing a range of emissions detection options as it works to solidify a measurement system by next year. This comes as more groups are launching satellites and asking the U.S. EPA to update its regulations.

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    Waga Energy secures new loan to expand RNG facilities, including at US landfills

    France-based Waga is looking to build on its momentum in North America after bringing its first U.S. facility online earlier this year. The landfill-gas-to-RNG company has partnered with Casella, OCI Global and others.

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    LRS receives credit rating downgrades, hires chief revenue officer

    Moody’s and S&P both downgraded the Midwest recycler in June due in part to high debt leverage, but they maintained stable outlooks. LRS is searching for a CFO after Luke Chenery returned to Macquarie.

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    Mayor Adams says Otto’s NYC Bins set to roll out in November

    The Adams administration has proposed a rule requiring certain building owners to acquire the “official NYC Bin” by Nov. 12. Otto is expected to provide rolling bins for roughly 765,000 residential buildings across the city.

    Updated July 9, 2024
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    Superfund enforcement of PFAS started Monday. Where does waste and recycling go from here?

    The regulation exposes certain parties to liability for cleanup of contamination from certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. While the EPA has said some disposal facilities won’t be targeted, concerns about cost remain.

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    Apex Waste grows in Colorado with 2 new deals, including WM sites

    The Kinderhook-backed company is now vertically integrated after purchasing landfills and a MRF from Twin Enviro Services. Following these deals, Apex now services an estimated 100,000 customers.

    Updated July 9, 2024
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    2024’s notable waste and recycling acquisitions so far

    The first six months of the year saw notable deal announcements involving WM, Stericycle, GFL Environmental, Waste Connections, Clean Harbors and more.

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    Landfill expansion projects and debates advance, including Capital Waste site in Georgia

    WM, Republic Services, Capital and others are pursuing expansion projects in Florida, Georgia, Maine, Oregon and Tennessee.

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    Reverse vending machines for recycling are gaining traction outside of bottle bill states

    Recent investments in companies such as Olyns and Cycle, as well as support from partners like Ball and Coca-Cola, show increasing interest in the space. Stadiums, college campuses and other venues are considered ideal settings.

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    Archaea, Republic discuss RNG partnership; EverGen, ESI, Aemetis chart construction progress

    Executives from Republic and BP announced the completion of the first plant in their Lightning Renewables joint venture partnership. Other renewable natural gas developers also reached milestones in June.

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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    The standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.

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    Virginia RDF facility operated by WIN Waste closes

    The facility’s closure means more waste will be landfilled in southeastern Virginia. The refuse-derived fuel plant was affected by a fire and a new steam plant built by the U.S. Navy.