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    High aluminum prices, supply chain issues create 'best of times and the worst of times' for recyclers

    The light metal has soared out of a slump, with UBC pricing strong and sustainability goals driving demand, yet operators such as Virginia's TFC Recycling say transportation difficulties make it hard to capitalize on that.

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    WM 2021 earnings

    Waste Management sees path to offset 'acute' inflation, labor turbulence through pricing and automation

    The company raised revenue guidance again but faced a challenging quarter. During one recent week an estimated 900 employees were out due to COVID-19 at the same time as volumes increased due to the economic rebound.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    City Haul: A new class of municipal waste leaders emerges

    Over half of the 10 largest U.S. cities have new public works, sanitation or solid waste directors since the start of 2020. Positions have evolved during the pandemic and amid shifting trends in technology and public engagement.

    By Oct. 20, 2021
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    Canadian organics programs share lessons learned on policy, plastics and public engagement

    The majority of Canadians now have curbside organics recycling. Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax program managers weigh in on their experiences and the insights they've gained over the years.

    By Danielle Beurteaux • Oct. 18, 2021
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    Republic Services aims to bolster diesel technician pipeline, with eye toward EV training

    Addressing worker shortages and offering opportunities to veterans and underserved populations, Republic's Technical Institute trains employees and potential hires to service its current and future vehicle fleet.

    By Oct. 14, 2021
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    Macquarie acquiring large stakes in GreenWaste and Zanker in its first California waste deal

    GreenWaste and partner company Zanker Recycling's northern California operations include multiple organics recycling facilities. Moody's Investors Service estimates operations are generating $325 million in annual revenue.

    By UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2021 at 9:35 a.m.
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    Q&A

    Waste Pro execs, on their way to $900M in revenue, outline multiyear Southeast growth strategy

    While other family-led operations are selling this year, this Florida-based company says it's here to stay. CEO Sean Jennings and COO Keith Banasiak share their outlook on M&A, labor, municipal relations and more.

    By Oct. 11, 2021
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    Rescue funds buoy economic outlooks, but cities eager for infrastructure dollars: NLC report

    Many cities lost revenue in FY21, but certain economic and tax changes, plus infusions of direct federal relief, helped them weather the pandemic better than the Great Recession, according to National League of Cities researchers.

    By Oct. 07, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    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.

    By Oct. 06, 2021
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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Waste and recycling employers watch for next steps on COVID-19 requirements

    Waste Pro and Rumpke are among the large employers who have encouraged vaccinations and will be affected by an OSHA rule. The industry is considering how to assist and accommodate existing and prospective workers.

    By Oct. 04, 2021
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    LRS acquires numerous Midwest assets from GFL, including Advanced divestitures

    The recently closed deal contains substantial collection and hauling business in Illinois, including the Chicago area, as well as assets in Minnesota. The deal is the largest for LRS to date.

    By Oct. 01, 2021
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    GFL Environmental expands Midwest footprint with PDC acquisition

    Today's purchase of Peoria Disposal marks the transfer of a 93-plus-year family business that provides GFL with a sizable, vertically-integrated waste and recycling platform in Illinois and Missouri.

    By Oct. 01, 2021
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    California beverage makers struggle to meet upcoming recycled content requirements

    Bottlers must use at least 15% postconsumer resin in plastic containers by 2022, and more from there, but a recent CalRecycle report shows many haven't yet hit the mark. PET supply and a strained redemption system are key factors.

    By Jacob Wallace • Sept. 30, 2021
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    Deep Dive // Recology SF corruption investigation

    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.

    By Sept. 29, 2021
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    Q&A

    Upstream CEO sees huge potential in burgeoning reuse-refill sector, including for haulers

    Matt Prindiville, head of a nonprofit focused on holistic waste solutions, is at the center of discussions with brands and activists alike about not just relying on recycling to create a more circular economy.

    By Sept. 23, 2021
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    Wastequip commits to further reducing its virgin resin use

    The approach to slashing 25% of virgin resin from the cart manufacturing process emphasizes increasing recycled plastics in Toter carts, extending carts' years of use and telling customers the recycled content in each product.

    By Sept. 22, 2021
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    Can gig workers help improve litter collection? Philadelphia app aims to tackle the problem

    Glitter, backed by tech entrepreneurs and a sanitation worker turned Instagram star, asks sponsors to pay for neighborhood cleanups. So far, Philadelphia's Streets Department is not convinced.

    By Kristin Musulin • Sept. 20, 2021
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    Covanta, Casella, Vanguard Renewables and others continue the conversation at virtual WasteExpo

    The event included insight on industry discussions such as EPR, environmental justice, waste-to-energy, climate change, recycling and technology.

    By , , Sept. 17, 2021
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    2021 highlights from the waste and recycling industry's M&A bonanza

    In a major year of acquisition activity, catalysts include pending tax changes, more expensive environmental standards and pandemic fatigue. Stay up to date with our original reporting and insight on key deals.

    By Waste Dive Team • UPDATED: Oct. 13, 2021 at 11:01 a.m.
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    Macquarie backs LRS, ramping it up for even more Midwest expansion

    CEO Alan Handley said the company's active M&A pace will accelerate with the new funding. The deal marks an exit by prior investors such as Goldman Sachs and Ironwood Capital.

    By Sept. 09, 2021
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    High-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels signed in California

    Legislation approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom, and backed by California's largest recyclers, will bar manufacturers from using the ubiquitous "chasing arrows" symbol unless the state certifies their products as widely recyclable.

    By UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
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    Republic Services purchases ACV Enviro for environmental services expansion

    The acquisition of this New Jersey-based operation follows CEO Jon Vander Ark's prior comments about growing the company's environmental services business, including hazardous waste.

    By Sept. 02, 2021
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    Recycling Partnership grants could boost curbside polypropylene acceptance by 6%

    The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition has awarded $4.2 million to date for equipment upgrades as consumer product companies look to bounce back from last year's recyclability access downgrade by How2Recycle.

    By UPDATED: Sept. 7, 2021 at 10:31 a.m.
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    Tesla made electric trucks 'cool.' Now fleets face financial hurdles.

    Total cost of ownership for electric trucks is more attractive than diesel, executives said at ACT Expo, but issues around charging are significant.

    By Jim Stinson • Sept. 01, 2021
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    Waste Connections acquiring E.L. Harvey & Sons in notable New England expansion

    E.L. Harvey, a multigenerational Massachusetts operation, has a large collection fleet along with sizable recycling and transfer facilities. Waste Connections aims to grow the company's annual revenue of $110 million.

    By UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2021 at 10:19 a.m.