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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry's 2021 M&A boom

    U.S. acquisition spending could reach historic levels this year. Washington-based DTG Recycle has reported a new C&D acquisition. This follows recent deals involving Covanta and EC Waste.

    By Updated Dec. 2, 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
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    Opinion

    It's time to look harder at landfills if we're serious about addressing climate change

    Leaders from the Institute for Energy and Resource Management, drawing on Europe's experience, make the case for why it's time to stop landfilling MSW and move toward a more integrated waste management system.

    By Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann and Stephen Gerritson • Nov. 12, 2021
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    GFL 2021 earnings

    GFL Environmental on track to close 40 acquisitions this year, ramping up RNG and MRF projects

    Having acquired assets worth an estimated C$735 million in annual revenue to date, GFL intends to keep up its pace for the foreseeable future and raised 2021 guidance.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Massachusetts banning disposal of textiles, mattresses and more organics in 2022

    The state's Department of Environmental Protection has finalized a plan that calls for a 30% reduction in disposal volumes by 2030. Even if it hits that target, local disposal capacity will still be very constrained.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    With landfill methane in the climate spotlight, satellite and flyover measurements attract a following

    Landfill operators, nonprofits and regulators are looking to remote measurement technologies as a new way to check on methane releases. But it's too soon to know if they'll settle the emissions modeling debate.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Tracking the industry: US waste and recycling info hub

    Keep up on some of the most essential developments around M&A, ESG pledges, federal and state policy, PFAS regulations, quarterly earnings results and more with Waste Dive's unique trackers and ongoing in-depth coverage.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 23, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage for US waste and recycling companies

    Catch up on Waste Dive's quarterly analysis of results from Waste Management, Republic Services, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental and others during 2021.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: Republic Services

    Amid a leadership transition in 2021, the industry's second-largest player has ramped up spending related to ESG efforts and M&A, including the acquisition of Santek Waste Services and ACV Enviro.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    Q3 earnings: A complex economic recovery continues, with M&A spending on the rise

    Inflation and labor were also cited as notable challenges during recent reports. Catch up on our takeaways from key public companies.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 4, 2021
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    Wave of investment just the beginning for EV battery recycling

    Within the last month, four lithium-ion battery recyclers saw a collective $255 million worth of investment and another completed a merger. As existing EV batteries age out and new vehicles hit the market, the demand is growing fast.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 27, 2021
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    Plastic's GHG emissions could outpace those from coal by 2030: report

    New research from nonprofit Beyond Plastics takes a critical look at the plastics industry's climate effects, with renewed criticism of chemical recycling. Major plastics trade groups pushed back on the report.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 25, 2021
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    Oregon's new landfill methane emissions rules now strictest in the country

    Most sites fall under the new state rule, which requires additional monitoring, testing and permitting requirements based on size. The plan goes further than some federal regulations and could serve as a template for other states.

    By Oct. 21, 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 have included pending tax changes, more expensive environmental standards and pandemic fatigue. Stay up to date with our original reporting and insight on key deals.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 30, 2021
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    Archaea Energy merger completed, setting up major landfill RNG producer

    Archaea and Aria Energy have joined forces in a deal led by a special purpose acquisition company, signaling that the waste industry sees increasingly lucrative potential in high-Btu landfill gas projects.

    By Updated Sept. 16, 2021
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    Raven SR's waste-to-hydrogen project with Republic Services could have implications beyond California

    Creating green hydrogen from organics is one way to meet the state's SB 1383 goals, but Raven's CEO said he hopes this process can be a competitive way to handle waste streams in any state.

    By Aug. 31, 2021
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    Illinois governor vetoes PFAS incineration ban bill over language concerns

    Governor J.B. Pritzker supports a ban, but he urged the state legislature to update the bill's definition of “incineration” so it would not unintentionally prohibit companies from using other types of pollution control.

    By Aug. 27, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Waste-to-energy supporters aim to 'clear the air,' reposition technology as landfill alternative

    Recent research shows better performance across multiple environmental measures for WTE versus landfills, but few U.S. communities show an interest in new facilities, and opposition continues to limit growth.

    By Aug. 4, 2021
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    RSG 2021 earnings

    Republic Services Q2: 'no pause' on M&A after Santek, eyeing environmental solutions deals

    The labor shortage and coronavirus pose some uncertainty, the company acknowledged, but it raised guidance based on strong recovery trends. Executives also discussed new landfill gas and recycling opportunities.

    By July 30, 2021
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    GFL 2021 earnings

    GFL launches renewable energy platform, forecasts ample M&A opportunities

    While Canada's economic recovery is expected to roll into next year, the company is already seeing pre-pandemic volumes in other areas and big free cash flow gains. A new focus on landfill gas projects may boost that trend.

    By July 29, 2021
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    Covanta completes $5.3B sale to EQT Infrastructure, new CEO takes over

    A deal to go private is now complete, with former energy executive Azeez Mohammed taking the reins. The company has also set two sustainability targets as part of its financing package.

    By Updated Nov. 30, 2021
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    'The strongest have survived': Anaerobic digestion companies see clear path to scaling up

    Anaergia, BDC, Generate Capital and Vanguard Renewables believe they're poised to expand food waste recycling around the country. ESG trends, rising disposal tip fees and state or local policies are all key drivers.

    By July 12, 2021
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    Top stories from 2021's WasteExpo

    Catch up on event coverage and interviews about the labor shortage, emerging ESG pressures, fleet technology, organics recycling, PFAS and more.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Sept. 17, 2021
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    What the industry is saying about 5 key topics in waste and recycling

    At WasteExpo, executives, vendors and regulators were vocal on everything from policy to PFAS and plastics, to the problem of not being able to hire enough workers.

    By Waste Dive Team • July 7, 2021