Collections & Transfer


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    WM 2022 earnings

    WM boosts planned MRF and RNG spending by $590M, sees signs of inflation easing

    Volumes may be flat, and recycling values are down, but executives hope cost control measures and long-term investments will offset headwinds. They said federal regulations are driving an attractive environment for RNG projects.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Battery electric could be 63% of refuse truck sales come 2030: report

    Electrification incentives like those in the Inflation Reduction Act may accelerate fleet conversions in the waste industry, a new analysis shows. Mack Trucks and Casella are among the companies working toward that this year.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Q&A

    Waste Pro sees workforce gains through safety awards, creative scheduling and emphasis on women

    Vice President of HR Shannon Early discusses how safety awards fit into a broader range of creative recruitment and retention efforts. Plus, she highlights four-day workweeks and high percentages of women drivers in select markets.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    Los Angeles launches citywide organics service, awards compost contracts worth up to $1.67B

    Commingled green and food waste collection is now available to an estimated 740,000 residential accounts. WM, Recology and Athens Services are composting the material, with the potential for Anaergia to get a future contract.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2023

    What you need to know on industry trends to watch, the hiring landscape, fleet maintenance and more to come as the new year gets underway.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Updated Jan. 30, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    Lag times, labor shortfalls and leasing: What’s affecting waste fleet management in 2023

    Some supply chain issues that have made it harder to procure trucks and parts could ease, but skilled maintenance workers are still in high demand. Leasing is looking more attractive to some customers.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    As some labor strains ease, the waste and recycling industry has further opportunity to grow its ranks

    Pandemic-era labor challenges for the waste industry are persisting three years later. Read what experts from Stifel, SWANA, the Teamsters and the Women in Trucking Association think could help.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Nashville launching $4.8M curbside recycling expansion

    The Recycling Partnership, which is providing a grant, predicts that a shift to biweekly collection in the fast-growing Tennessee city could generate 156 million new pounds of recyclables over the next decade

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    CalRecycle ramping up SB 1383 compliance efforts as it kicks off $155M grant program

    Jurisdictions can expect compliance reviews within four years as the state looks to increase progress on a target to cut organic waste disposal 75% by 2025. Additional grant funding for local governments is also being planned.

    By Jan. 13, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    6 waste and recycling trends to watch in 2023

    The effects of ongoing M&A, the biogas boom, and regulatory and financial debates around plastics are among the most complex topics on Waste Dive’s radar in the new year.

    By , , Jan. 12, 2023
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    Municipalities that ditch curbside recycling are missing out on revenue, Florida report finds

    Recent research from the University of Florida and the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation outlines the financial and environmental effects of multiple local governments dropping their curbside programs in recent years.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    Traffic fatalities dipped in 2022 while pedestrian and cyclist deaths rose: NHTSA

    An estimated 31,785 people died in traffic crashes from January to September. Despite improvements in some areas, safety advocates noted concerning trends faced by pedestrians and cyclists. 

    By Dan Zukowski • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    The fragile ecosystem of Massachusetts C&D recycling

    The state’s construction recycling requirements have spurred a wave of new infrastructure investments and led to more acquisitions. Some say they’ve also constrained capacity, all while the region’s building boom continues.

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    LRS grows in Michigan and Indiana with largest acquisitions to date

    The purchases of Michiana Recycling & Disposal Service and Modern Waste Systems are the latest among dozens of transactions by the private equity-backed company in recent years.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    Number of waste workers grew faster than broader US jobs category over 2022

    The number of people employed in the U.S. waste management and remediation services sector totaled 480,500 at the end of 2022, up roughly 3.85% since December 2021.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    Stadiums pursue new technologies and tactics to boost waste diversion

    As fans flock back to large venues, many are seeing new or updated waste initiatives. Operators are experimenting with different collection systems, reusable cups, reverse vending machines, on-site sorting and more.

    By Updated Jan. 19, 2023
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    FCC Environmental buys Houston hauler in second acquisition to date

    The deal, which closed in December, involves a fleet of 40 trucks and marks a notable expansion for FCC’s presence in its headquarter city.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Opinion

    Companies can no longer peg food waste recycling as a West Coast initiative

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s director of innovation recaps new and expanded drop-off and collection programs, plus new processing facilities to meet that demand, suggesting continued momentum for solutions in 2023.

    By Olga Kachook • Jan. 5, 2023
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    By the numbers: 2022 waste and recycling trends with implications for 2023

    Key data points on some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, inflation and policy — that illustrate another eventful year for the industry.

    By , , Jan. 4, 2023
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    GFL Environmental builds out Fort Wayne, Indiana, footprint with acquisition

    The Canadian company recently purchased Bunn Box, a family-run hauler and facility operator. This is one of multiple local acquisitions since GFL was awarded a collection contract in Fort Wayne.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Top interviews with waste and recycling leaders in 2022

    Read some of the year’s most popular conversations with CEOs from Republic Services, WIN Waste Innovations, LRS and Vanguard Renewables, as well as leaders from WM, the U.S. EPA and other organizations.

    Dec. 22, 2022
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    Massachusetts C&D market recovering from major wood market disruption

    A turbine failure in Connecticut and a facility shutdown in Canada cut off key markets for months. This affected options for companies such as WIN Waste Innovations in a state where landfilling of wood is prohibited.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Republic Services buys longtime family hauler in northwest Illinois

    Moring Disposal, a privately-owned company since 1977, has a range of collection and transfer operations in the region. The deal marks an expansion for Republic in this part of the state.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    What’s next for renowned Minneapolis organics recycling program

    More than half of eligible households have opted in to the city’s program, and Hennepin County considers this approach a model for the region. Potential policy and collection changes could aid further progress.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    With safety improvements, waste and recycling collection fell to the 7th deadliest job in 2021: BLS

    The rate of fatal injuries decreased in solid waste collection in 2021. Its ranking compared with other dangerous jobs comes after a span as the fifth or sixth deadliest occupation.

    By Updated Dec. 19, 2022