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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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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Waste and recycling employers prepping for OSHA coronavirus requirements amid legal holdups

    A Jan. 4 deadline for vaccinations or weekly testing has been halted, but the industry is still closely reviewing the standard, with attention to provisions such as an exemption for outdoor workers, which could apply to certain job types.

    By Nov. 22, 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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    Corporate Growth Conference: Navigating modern M&A involves more partners than ever before

    Speakers at last week's Chicago event, including former CEOs who've sold companies to GFL and Waste Management, highlighted the evolution of deal logistics over the years, including the growing role of private equity.

    By Nov. 10, 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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    Solid waste collection, landfill workers saw injury rate drop in 2020: BLS data

    Focus on infection prevention in the coronavirus pandemic's first year, when illness cases spiked, may have increased attention to everyday safety messages as well. At the same time, incidence rates for MRF workers rose.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: GFL Environmental

    In its second year as a public company GFL continued an aggressive expansion pace throughout North America, including multiple large acquisitions such as Terrapure and PDC.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated 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: Waste Connections

    For the industry's third-largest company, 2021 has continued a trend of heightened M&A activity, new ESG investments and ongoing pandemic recovery in multiple markets.

    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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    2021 earnings coverage: Waste Management

    The North American industry's largest company has been focused on integrating Advanced Disposal Services, ramping up recycling investments and maneuvering through pandemic effects throughout the year.

    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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    RSG 2021 earnings

    Republic Services M&A spending on track to top $1B in 2021, highest in over a decade

    The company is also making investments in landfill gas projects and expanding its environmental solutions business as it caps off a quarter that saw some volumes exceed pre-pandemic levels.

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    WCN 2021 earnings

    Waste Connections acquisitions worth $240M in revenue through Q3, at least $100M more anticipated

    The company upped its outlook thanks to economic recovery trends and M&A but reported inflationary pressures. CEO Worthing Jackman also described potential vaccine mandates as a notable labor headwind.

    By Oct. 28, 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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    Community engagement is critical to environmental justice progress: NERC conference

    Local groups have worked for years to address health, safety and equity issues. Conference participants from the U.S. EPA, New Jersey and reuse centers shared how industry operators can learn from their efforts.

    By Oct. 20, 2021
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    EPA's PFAS strategy

    EPA's PFAS road map sets 2023 timeline for finalizing hazardous substance designation

    The document also offers deadlines for enacting drinking water standards, plus research on other PFAS compounds and disposal methods. Some say the plan isn't moving quickly enough.

    By Oct. 19, 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
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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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    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. 1, 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. 1, 2021