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    Major Michigan waste and recycling bill package heads to governor’s desk

    Eight related bills would overhaul the state’s waste priorities to focus on recycling. The package adds new landfill regulations, characterizes chemical recycling as a manufacturing process and offers grants for local governments. 

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    The US waste and recycling industry in 2022 — what you need to know

    Stories on M&A, recycling policy and organics recycling expansion — and how the economy and environmental justice considerations are shaping the industry’s path forward — have driven the news this year.

    Dec. 5, 2022
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    Zero waste and job creation go hand in hand, activists say

    Zero waste jobs are opportunities to support workers from overburdened communities, according to speakers at the National Zero Waste Conference, but they must prioritize circular economy and environmental justice principles.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Macquarie fund purchases DTG Recycle, rapidly growing C&D recycler in Washington

    DTG, a vertically integrated company, is coming off a period of rapid acquisition growth fueled by a prior investment from Clairvest Group.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    GFL launches first ESG targets, aiming to reduce GHG emissions 15% by 2030

    The Canada-based company’s first set of detailed targets comes after its landfill portfolio has doubled in recent years. GFL is focusing on renewable natural gas projects as well as alternative fuel vehicles in the years ahead.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    California’s recycling rate fell to 40% in 2021, though organics disposal decreased, CalRecycle says

    Recent state funding and new legislation can help reduce disposal and raise recycling rates as part of a broader state circular economy strategy, CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    Is California’s 2025 organics diversion target still viable?

    An independent commission is now assessing whether course corrections are needed for the state’s landmark SB 1383 law. CalRecycle, WM, Republic Services, Agromin, Anaergia and many others have weighed in.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Archaea revenue grows, RNG output rises ahead of sale to BP

    The Texas-based company, which specializes in creating energy from gas at landfills and other sites, continues to ramp up operations. A date has also been set for shareholders to approve its $4.1 billion sale to BP.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Injury and illness rates for waste workers hit ‘historic’ low in 2021

    SWANA says the decreased rates for workers on collection routes, as well as in MRFs and at landfill sites, are at their lowest since 2006.

    By Updated Nov. 11, 2022
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    Elections 2022: Denver greenlights recycling expansion, a close decision on San Diego trash fees and more

    Voters in California, Colorado, Michigan, New York and Vermont weighed in on a range of state and local initiatives with implications for waste and recycling as part of Tuesday’s election.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Waste execs pull back the curtain on inflation-driven pricing strategies

    Leaders from LRS, Casella Waste Systems, Waste Pro, Denali Water Solutions and more shared their strategies during last week’s Corporate Growth Conference in Chicago. 

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    More PFAS could fall under future drinking water regulations, EPA says

    EPA’s newest drinking water contaminant list is expanding to include groups of PFAS chemicals as candidates for future regulation. It’s still on track to propose standards for PFOA and PFAS by year’s end

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    EPA focused on closing older Puerto Rican landfills to address environmental justice issues

    The EPA reports that it's making progress on closing two landfills in Puerto Rico that residents say have long sickened their communities. The work follows a recent visit from the administrator’s Journey to Justice tour.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    Facing falling recycled commodity prices, waste companies pivot in Q3

    After enjoying increasing recycled commodity values for the first half of 2022, industry operators are dealing with major commodity price declines.

    By Nov. 4, 2022
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    Top waste companies spent $1.1B on Q3 acquisitions, with more to come

    Here’s what executives at the industry’s largest companies had to say about the M&A environment this year — and how much each has spent.

    By Nov. 4, 2022
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    Waste Connections says pricing strategy helped achieve solid Q3

    Higher activity in waste treatment services related to oil and gas, up 52% from last quarter, was a strong point amid inflation and “precipitous” declines in recycled commodity prices, especially for OCC, CEO Worthing Jackman said.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    Waste Connections reports a decline in GHG emissions despite acquisitions, sets new ESG targets

    The company plans investments in RNG facilities, MRFs and electric collection vehicles as well as new goals to cut Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 15%, building on a recent decline of 7%, it said in its 2022 sustainability report.

    By Oct. 31, 2022
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    Q3 earnings results for major waste and recycling companies

    Follow the latest round of financial results from WM, Republic Services, Casella Waste Systems, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental and more.

    Updated Dec. 1, 2022
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    Casella reports 13 acquisitions in 2022, sees M&A opportunity in potential recession

    The Vermont-based company said its pricing and fee strategy have worked well in a tight economic environment. Executives also previewed upcoming plans for acquisition and landfill expansion spending.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Environmental justice voices in the waste and recycling industry

    Catch up on these Q&A conversations with experts from the U.S. EPA, Ya Fav Trashman, Detroit Dirt and others on how the waste and recycling industry can play a role in environmental justice efforts.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    RSG 2022 earnings

    Republic Services pricing at record highs as it fights recycled commodity price declines and cost inflation

    The company is still integrating US Ecology while returning M&A focus to solid waste and recycling. Leaders also noted in an earnings call the opportunity to work with BP, which is buying renewable natural gas projects partner Archaea.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Casella narrows ESG focus to 5 key targets for 2030

    The Vermont-based company previously set 10 ESG targets in its 2020 report but has narrowed the focus to five key metrics related to emissions reduction, recycling volumes, fleet efficiency and more.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    WM 2022 earnings

    WM spent nearly $200M on acquisitions in Q3, outlines future potential of big ESG investments

    Recycling revenues are taking a hit, but executives said their updated contract models will provide insulation. CEO Jim Fish also shared a goal to eventually expand margins via price increases, not just recover costs.

    By Oct. 26, 2022
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    WM sets new ESG targets for GHG emissions, recycling volumes, diversity and more

    The company’s first full-year report since acquiring Advanced Disposal Services shows an emissions uptick, but WM says upcoming investments will reverse that.

    By Oct. 26, 2022
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    With PFAS drinking water limits anticipated, activists take stock of recent actions

    A proposed rule setting PFOA and PFOS limits in drinking water is expected soon from the EPA, while California and Michigan efforts to regulate or eliminate the chemicals are ongoing.

    By Oct. 25, 2022