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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
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    Election 2020: Climate policy faces a tough road through Congress regardless of electoral outcomes

    A Democratic Senate will attempt to pass Joe Biden's clean energy standard in the face of an expected Republican filibuster, while bipartisan support exists for more R&D spending on carbon-cutting technologies.

    Matthew Bandyk • Oct. 26, 2020
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    'We can never get to zero': Organics recyclers face hard choices in responding to PFAS contamination

    Composting and biosolids stakeholders worry regulations will decimate their industry, while environmental and health groups say action is critical.

    E.A. Crunden • Oct. 19, 2020
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    Burning 'forever chemicals' emerges as industry flash point

    Sending PFAS to incinerators is drawing lawmaker scrutiny and public outcry, but some experts say it may be the only realistic solution.

    E.A. Crunden • Oct. 19, 2020
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    Toxic PFAS waste that lasts 'forever' poses financial, logistical challenges for landfills

    Some worry PFAS could have National Sword-level implications for landfills. Stakeholders are aiming to avoid blame for contamination, while seeking out solutions to address the mounting crisis.

    E.A. Crunden • Oct. 19, 2020
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    Calls for e-cigarette legislation increase amid growing fire hazard to waste and recycling industry

    The proliferation of vape pens for nicotine and cannabis is the latest example of how embedded lithium-ion batteries are creating a safety risk for the sector. Advocates hope national and state policy proposals can change that.

    Katie Pyzyk • Sept. 22, 2020
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    Loop's quest for reuse dominance has only gotten more ambitious during the pandemic

    Some refill systems took a hit due to initial virus concerns, but the TerraCycle-backed platform's sales rose. Now, CEO Tom Szaky could be poised to set new sanitary standards and gain market share for years to come.

    Karine Vann • Aug. 19, 2020
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    New Jersey governor signs landmark environmental justice bill with big permit implications

    The long-anticipated legislation had key backing from community groups. Despite some business opposition and industry trepidation, waste and recycling stakeholders also expressed support.

    E.A. Crunden • Updated Sept. 18, 2020
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    Renewed interest in automated side loaders driven by pandemic concerns, persistent safety issues

    ASLs have become increasingly popular with some predicting they could see more interest due to pandemic safety concerns. But tighter capital budgets may be a short-term challenge.

    Leslie Nemo • Updated July 23, 2020
  • Risk and race concerns fuel ongoing debate around hazard pay during pandemic

    Sanitation workers have held numerous strikes and demanded concessions including hazard pay, frequently linking their fight to movements like Black Lives Matter. But the issue remains a contentious one for the waste industry.

    Cole Rosengren and E.A. Crunden • July 9, 2020
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    Can textile recycling be the next 'zero waste' frontier?

    Clothes comprise a notable chunk of the waste stream, and can have valuable second lives, but market dynamics are complex. Recent pandemic disruptions haven't helped.

    Karine Vann • June 16, 2020
  • Connecticut policy to limit landfilling faces pivotal moment as major WTE project stalls

    An aging RDF facility that handles one-third of Connecticut's waste could begin exporting to out-of-state landfills unless an agreement can be reached between the local authority, developer and state officials in less than three months.

    Cole Rosengren • June 11, 2020
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    Carton manufacturers invested big in attaining 'recyclable' status, but can they sustain it?

    By funding education, sorting technology and end markets, the industry-backed Carton Council earned highly-sought federal recyclability status. Yet some MRFs and governments question if this packaging is worth the effort.

    Leslie Nemo • Updated May 13, 2020
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    Puerto Rico's yearslong debate over WTE continues as the island's landfill issues mount

    After a proposed incinerator project stalled in 2018, the territory's long-term plan remains uncertain as noncompliant landfills are reaching capacity. Meanwhile, recycling programs and waste reduction efforts are still evolving.

    Genevieve Glatsky • May 1, 2020