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    Supreme Court upholds stay on OSHA's vaccine mandate

    The justices opted to dissolve injunctions placed on a separate vaccination mandate for healthcare workers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    8 questions about the top trends shaping waste and recycling in 2022

    Waste Dive is watching how much longer heightened M&A activity lasts, what it will take to maintain the workforce in a tough market, where organics infrastructure is growing, what’s next for recycling and more.

    By , , Jan. 13, 2022
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    RTS acquires Elytus, making it one of the industry's largest waste brokers

    The New York-based company has picked up an estimated 12,000 service locations and is going national with its biggest transaction to date. CEO Greg Lettieri shares how this fits into its growth plans for 2022.

    By Jan. 10, 2022
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    Stakeholders urge Supreme Court to act fast on OSHA mandate

    Stakeholders from all sides hoped the court would have a ruling before the emergency temporary standard's Jan. 10 enforcement date.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Jan. 10, 2022
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    Omicron spread disrupts US waste and recycling operations as 2022 begins

    Unlike previous COVID-19 surges that struck more regionally, the latest wave appears to be wreaking havoc on staff availability across the country. Dallas and Detroit are among the latest cities affected.

    By Updated Jan. 7, 2022
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    Opinion

    We must invest in compost infrastructure to match growing demand for sustainable products

    Jessica Bowman, executive director of the Plant Based Products Council, points to new consumer survey data as another reason to evolve materials management options and pass the national COMPOST Act.

    By Jessica Bowman • Jan. 5, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    FCC Environmental poised to win mixed waste MRF contract as California adapts to organics law

    Placer County has become a microcosm of how jurisdictions are preparing for major changes under California's SB 1383 organics recycling regulations. FCC recently won out over GreenWaste, Recology-affiliated Nortech and others.

    By Updated Jan. 6, 2022
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    With $45M Closed Loop deal, Sims Municipal Recycling to expand and compete for more contracts

    The pending sale of a stake in the Australian scrap giant's U.S. curbside recycling division is called a "game-changer" as the company aims to pursue more municipal contracts and make new products from the recycled material.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    EPA action and US recycling policy during Biden's 1st year in office

    2021 brought a new EPA administrator, a nominee to lead the agency's waste efforts that is vocal on PFAS and environmental justice, the long-anticipated National Recycling Strategy and recycling funds in the infrastructure package.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    How the pandemic impacted waste and recycling workforces in 2021

    The arrival of vaccines brought new considerations for employees and employers, while shifts in the broader U.S. workforce created new challenges for hiring and retention.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    By the numbers: 2021's waste and recycling trends

    Take a look back through the key data points that shaped the conversations around some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, policy and workforce challenges — in an eventful year.

    By , , Dec. 23, 2021
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    Roundup: Waste Dive's 2021 Q&A's with waste and recycling leaders

    From Waste Management's first chief sustainability officer to the Biden administration's pick to lead U.S. EPA waste policy, look back on the year's conversations with execs, authors, investors, entrepreneurs and regulators.

    Dec. 22, 2021
  • Meera Joshi to step down from FMCSA as leadership vacancy persists

    Joshi has been in the Senate confirmation process for months to become head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a position that's been vacant since Ray Martinez stepped down in October 2019.

    By S.L. Fuller • Dec. 20, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Frustrated by collection worker deaths, industry groups target distracted driving

    Waste and recycling groups believe distracted driving and cellphone usage are key factors in the fatalities. A lack of data on crash causes and disagreements on how to solve the problem have stalled meaningful solutions.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Fatalities continued to fall in 2020, but waste collection workers still had 6th deadliest US job

    BLS data shows collection workers had a safer year than they did in 2019, but MRF and landfill worker deaths rose slightly. Industry associations hope more safety programs and education will help drive numbers down.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Rubicon going public in $1.7B SPAC deal as 'digital challenger' to waste industry's 'status quo'

    The Kentucky-based tech company, known for its aggressive efforts to "disrupt" the waste and recycling industry without owning physical assets, expects to more than double revenues by 2024. The deal could close by Q2.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Dual-stream recycling proponents feel vindicated after converted communities see financial benefits

    Recent years of commodity market turbulence emphasized the value of clean material. Now, recycling program managers in Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere are touting results from ditching the common single-stream system.

    By Jacob Wallace • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Federal agencies to revisit overtime, joint employment rules in 2022

    The U.S. Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board will propose updates in the coming months, according to a government to-do list.

    By Kate Tornone • Dec. 11, 2021
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    New York sanitation experts urge incoming mayor to rethink, modernize collection system

    The city's sidewalks are infamous for their mountains of garbage bags and rodents. A new "Put Waste to Work" campaign says containerization, route optimization and organics collection should be top priorities.

    By Updated Dec. 6, 2021
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    City Haul: How leaders navigate turbulent recycling narratives

    Market changes in recent years created new challenges and opportunities for cities seeking to encourage good recycling habits among residents. City leaders and industry experts share how they're approaching the issue.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry's M&A boom

    Keep up with the latest acquisitions, including Rubicon's newly announced purchase of software company CIVIX.

    By Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Waste and recycling employers prepping for OSHA coronavirus requirements amid legal holdups

    A Jan. 4 deadline for vaccinations or weekly testing has been halted, but the industry is still closely reviewing the standard, with attention to provisions such as an exemption for outdoor workers, which could apply to certain job types.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    Opinion

    The EPA wants to fix US recycling. Start by making it simpler.

    Geoff Freeman, who leads the Consumer Brands Association, makes the case that standardizing definitions is key to improving both packaging design and education to reduce contamination.

    By Geoff Freeman • Nov. 19, 2021
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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York aims to launch commercial waste zones in 2022, sector's largest change in decades

    A long-anticipated RFP kicks off a process that could see coveted 10-year contracts awarded by next summer. Fifty companies have qualified to bid, including Waste Management, Waste Connections and Action Environmental.

    By Nov. 17, 2021
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    EPA's 2030 recycling strategy turns focus to circular economy and environmental justice

    The long-awaited master plan focuses on steps to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, but regulators promise it's just "part one" of a larger effort to tackle climate change on a higher level, and more details will follow.

    By Updated Nov. 16, 2021