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    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.

    Leslie Nemo • Nov. 3, 2021
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    11 CFO tips for riding the rising tide in ESG activism

    CFOs eager to steer clear of shareholder activists should publicly embrace sustainability despite flaws in the measurement of best practices.

    Jim Tyson • Oct. 20, 2021
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    Searching for operational insight, MRFs comb data from AI

    As recycling technology gets more sophisticated, MRF operators and equipment manufacturers say material characterization data from AI-powered systems may be even more valuable than the labor robots provide.

    Megan Quinn • Oct. 6, 2021
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    What's next for Recology in San Francisco after $36M DOJ penalty, bribery charge

    The West Coast company is looking to move forward after three subsidiaries admitted to one charge of bribery in a deferred prosecution agreement, but it still faces legal action and a push to change local collection systems.

    Cole Rosengren • Sept. 29, 2021
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    Progress report: Brands face increasing pressure on recyclability claims in 2021

    Major corporations have pledged to make big recycling-related changes by 2025, and environmental groups are holding them accountable through reporting requirements, shareholder agreements and lawsuits.

    Megan Quinn • Aug. 12, 2021
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    With mask, vaccine mandates on the rise, employers have options — but consistency is key

    The delta variant is driving new outbreaks and government guidance. Whatever employers choose, inconsistent enforcement is a "recipe for disaster," one attorney said.

    Ryan Golden • Aug. 11, 2021
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    Waste-to-energy supporters aim to 'clear the air,' reposition technology as landfill alternative

    Recent research shows better performance across multiple environmental measures for WTE versus landfills, but few U.S. communities show an interest in new facilities, and opposition continues to limit growth.

    Cole Rosengren • Aug. 4, 2021
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    10 ways the PRO Act could change the game for employers and organized labor

    Currently being considered in the Senate, the bill would strengthen the ability of unions to form and collectively bargain, amend the definition of a joint employer and bring many other changes to the workplace.

    Emilie Shumway • Aug. 3, 2021
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    Progress report: State waste and recycling policies gain notable traction this year

    State lawmakers have made significant headway on laws about EPR, recycled content mandates and plastic products. Other bills are still in play, and experts anticipate even more possible changes in 2022.

    Megan Quinn • July 19, 2021
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    From green to gold: 5 ways CFOs can gain from climate risk disclosure

    CFOs confronting growing pressure to disclose climate change risks can find in their analysis opportunities to improve capital allocation and risk management.

    Jim Tyson • June 29, 2021
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    Amid rising interest in packaging policy, bottle bill changes still struggle to break through

    Multiple states introduce bills each year to update their container deposit laws, but few pass. Experts say balancing competing interests and tough compromises may be the only way for them to make it to the finish line.

    Megan Quinn • June 23, 2021
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    New York commercial waste overhaul on horizon, but funding unresolved

    After a year-long pandemic delay, the city is moving on an RFP process to reshape the open market system. Dozens of companies recently took the first application step, potentially including newcomers Waste Management and Winters Bros.

    Cole Rosengren • March 19, 2021
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    Renewed focus on landfill calculations as waste industry faces pressure to reduce emissions

    Greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change are under growing scrutiny from regulators and investors alike. Finding the most precise way to measure them remains a complex effort.

    Leslie Nemo • March 9, 2021
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    2021 could be year for packaging EPR, nearly a dozen state bills in play

    Lawmakers throughout the U.S. are increasingly interested in shifting more of recycling's financial implications to packaging manufacturers, with many taking a coordinated approach.

    Megan Quinn • Updated Feb. 12, 2021
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    After years of pressure, glass recycling may be at a turning point

    Companies and groups throughout the supply chain say targeted community solutions, infrastructure investments and educational campaigns are all contributing to a glass recycling resurgence.

    Katie Pyzyk • Jan. 27, 2021
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    Fleet tech forges ahead, but some bide time on higher-stake EV investments

    The pandemic strained finances for some waste and recycling collectors looking to upgrade their operations. But falling costs and ESG pressures could catalyze EV pilots, routing software adoption and more in 2021.

    Maria Rachal • Updated Jan. 27, 2021
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    Environmental efforts key for Biden, but industry expects limited recycling policy movement in 2021

    While existing initiatives such as a national recycling goal are likely to make headway, and Democratic majorities in Congress could affect legislation, trade groups don't anticipate major changes due to a crowded agenda.

    Megan Quinn • Jan. 20, 2021
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    9 questions about the future of waste and recycling in 2021

    As we gear up for another eventful year, Waste Dive will be focusing on trends around ESG, M&A, recycling policy, market development, PFAS, local budgets, collection technology, safety, diversity and much more.

    Cole Rosengren, Megan Quinn and Maria Rachal • Jan. 13, 2021
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    Packaging, PPE and surgical supplies: How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

    Some waste is inevitable, but supply chain leaders are finding ways to reduce quantities, in addition to reusing and recycling when possible and adjusting procurement and packaging.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Jan. 12, 2021
  • 5 CFO trends to watch in 2021

    Greater attention to ESG metrics, real-time data and the wind-down of LIBOR are among the trends you may see this year. 

    Jim Tyson • Jan. 12, 2021
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    The unfulfilled promises of plastic film recycling

    The pandemic spurred an uptick in plastic bag use, as already limited retail take back options became more scarce. Stakeholders from all sides think it's time for new ideas.

    Karine Vann • Updated Jan. 5, 2021
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    How local waste and recycling leaders are grappling with coronavirus-driven budget pressures

    Lost revenues, rising operating expenses and limited federal aid have left local leaders looking for creative solutions. In some cases, the pandemic has also created opportunities to update their practices.

    Leslie Nemo • Dec. 22, 2020
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    No 'green halo' for renewables: Veolia, First Solar, others tackle wind and solar environmental impacts

    From manufacturing effects to the difficulty of recycling PV panels and turbine blades, solar and wind in particular can spur consequences the industries are trying to reduce.

    Lynn Freehill-Maye • Dec. 18, 2020
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    US waste and recycling sector faces mounting risks and opportunities from climate change

    As the industry increasingly recognizes its contribution to climate change and sees business opportunities in potentially mitigating those effects, the sector could be at a notable inflection point in the years ahead.

    Cole Rosengren • Nov. 18, 2020
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    Diversity efforts taking shape at waste industry's big companies, but serious work remains

    Public companies are increasing their focus on diversity and inclusion, from the frontlines to the boardroom, following national attention on racism. Nearly 74% of sector executives or senior managers are White males, per federal data.

    Cole Rosengren • Nov. 2, 2020