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    WasteExpo 2022

    What does environmental justice mean for waste? Data, community partners can provide greater clarity

    Though the U.S. EPA has touted environmental justice as a major priority, many waste and recycling facility operators are unclear where they fit in and how the concept translates to day-to-day actions, panelists at WasteExpo said.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Lithium-ion battery industry ramps up recycling focus as geopolitical events challenge supply chain

    The Russia-Ukraine war and booming EV demand are contributing to surging battery commodity prices. Federal funding and private-sector investments could boost recycling to make the domestic supply more sustainable.

    By May 17, 2022
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2022

    Get up to speed on what may be coming next around M&A, labor solutions, ESG investment trends, federal regulation, state policy, environmental justice, local programs and more.

    By Waste Dive staff
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    GFL Environmental's momentum continues with 21 deals, further potential to recover fuel costs

    Following the Sprint purchase, executives anticipate further M&A opportunities. They were also optimistic in an earnings call about further potential from recovering Canadian volumes, price increases and lower labor turnover.

    By May 5, 2022
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    Clean Harbors Q1 boosted by HydroChem PSC deal, growing environmental services demand

    Executives touted plans for an upcoming Nebraska incinerator and are optimistic about gaining further ground in a market that has become more consolidated following Republic's purchase of US Ecology.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Environmental justice, including at waste sites, takes center stage at Houston event

    As current and former EPA officials called for greater action on environmental justice, the author of seminal research on inequity issues around Houston landfills and incinerators shared how the concept got its start.

    By April 27, 2022
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    WM describes 'conservative' approach on M&A, sees strong Q1 price and volume trends

    Executives at the industry's top company kicked off earnings season with updates on efforts to offset inflation, reduce head count through automation and focus more on ESG investments than on big acquisitions.

    By April 26, 2022
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    Q&A

    Dramatic expansion potential for waste projects seen by RNG Coalition CEO as climate efforts intensify

    RNG projects at North American landfills, anaerobic digesters and other sites are set to grow exponentially in the coming years. Johannes Escudero breaks down what's ahead.

    By April 1, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Is jet fuel from waste finally ready for takeoff?

    Multiple projects to create sustainable aviation fuel from waste are underway, including a Fulcrum BioEnergy plant a decade in the making. Questions remain about whether it will be a scalable, viable success for the circular economy.

    By Danielle Beurteaux • March 23, 2022
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    Inslee to sign Washington landfill emissions reduction bill

    The law requires air monitoring and gas capture systems for certain MSW landfills. Supporters say it will help meet state climate goals. Opponents, including some county landfills, worry about infrastructure costs.

    By Updated March 25, 2022
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    Fuel price bump prompts surcharges, renewed interest in waste and recycling fleet transitions

    Many private-sector and city fleet operators have systems in place to pass along heightened costs. Meanwhile, industry leaders are also monitoring how the war in Ukraine could further strain supply chains for trucks and parts.

    By Updated March 17, 2022
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    Florida poised to solidify its status as the nation's waste-to-energy capital with supportive new legislation

    If signed into law, the bill could soon establish a unique program to subsidize power purchase agreements and expansion expenses for municipally-owned combustion facilities.

    By March 15, 2022
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    Waste Dive Live: What's next for waste and recycling in 2022?

    Watch the videos from our Feb. 10 virtual event to hear perspectives from the Waste Dive team, The Recycling Partnership and Reloop.

    By The Waste Dive Team • March 9, 2022
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    Q&A

    CEO says longevity sets Ameresco apart in the landfill gas-to-energy space

    A 20-plus-year reputation and broad range of clients — including municipalities, military bases and private companies — will keep the company going as competition ramps up in the waste sector, executives said.

    By March 2, 2022
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    3 takeaways from GWMS on the future of environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions and leachate at landfills

    Landfill operators, consultants and researchers shared the latest trends they're following at last week's biennial event. Microplastics were called out as an emerging contaminant of concern, akin to how PFAS science has evolved.

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    Casella lays out 2024 strategy, touts Northeast disposal projects and Boston MRF upgrade

    After years of M&A, the Vermont-based company is on track to approach $1 billion in revenue for 2022. Executives said they have wide flexibility to adjust prices amid inflation and outlined multiple areas for growth.

    By Feb. 18, 2022
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    Q4 earnings: Waste companies close out 2021 with inflation offset plans, sizable M&A activity, ESG spending

    Pricing strategies are helping mitigate inflationary pressures, labor remains a challenge, MRF investment is growing and renewable natural gas projects at landfills are on the rise. Catch up on our takeaways from key public companies.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Feb. 18, 2022
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    Republic Services CEO talks what's next after the US Ecology transaction

    Jon Vander Ark elaborated on Republic's environmental services expansion in terms of next steps to close the deal, a strategic review of market areas, potential capital investments, PFAS opportunities, future M&A and more.

    By Feb. 18, 2022
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    Waste Connections closes 2021 with more than $1B in M&A spending, sees path to $10B in revenue

    The company says it's prepared to handle pressures around inflation, labor and other issues. It also closed 30 deals last year and sees more to come, following an active start to 2022.

    By Feb. 17, 2022
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    WM drops 'waste' from its name, frames ESG approach at annual sustainability forum

    The newly rebranded industry giant described itself as a "circular logistics operator" that is part of a "renewable energy revolution." Plus, panelists spoke on economics, circularity, climate justice, diversity, leadership and more.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    Waste Connections' James Little calls for faster action on PFAS management, investment in RNG at landfills

    Speaking at the Global Waste Management Symposium, Little expressed optimism about the industry's ability to meet ESG goals, despite environmental and regulatory challenges, and touted landfills as renewable energy producers.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    WIN Waste Innovations acquires New England recycler plus GFL-owned Georgia landfill

    The purchase of two affiliated operations in Massachusetts further expands the company's transfer station network, including rail capabilities. The December acquisition of a southern rail-served landfill is also notable.

    By Feb. 15, 2022
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2022

    Get up to speed on what may be coming next around M&A, labor solutions, ESG investment trends, federal regulation, state policy, environmental justice, local programs and more.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Feb. 9, 2022
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    WM 2021 earnings

    Waste Management planning $1.6B in ESG investments, says automation and attrition could phase out upward of 7,000 jobs

    Executives closed out a turbulent 2021 with solid earnings, despite inflation, and shared plans for greater spending on recycling and renewable energy, which they expect to have better returns than solid waste acquisitions.

    By Feb. 2, 2022
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    What's on the Biden administration's waste and recycling to-do list in 2022

    One year in, the administration has started work on a range of climate and environmental justice initiatives. Catch up on what's next from the EPA and others on the circular economy, PFAS, grant funding and more.

    By Jan. 24, 2022
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    Opinion

    Biogas from landfills must be part of aviation's net-zero future

    As the aviation sector makes investments to increase the production of sustainable fuel, Boeing and SkyNRG Americas say it’s key to focus on the potential to reduce methane emissions.

    By Sheila Remes and John Plaza • Jan. 19, 2022