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    Federal lawmakers reintroduce bills calling for billions in food waste recycling and prevention grants

    Sponsors of the COMPOST Act and Zero Food Waste Act say an injection of federal funding over 10 years will help scale up local projects. These bills failed to pass last session.

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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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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    WTE trade group reemerges with backing from Covanta, WIN Waste and local governments

    The sector’s two largest companies, plus notable public sector facility owners such as Florida’s Miami-Dade County, hope the Waste-to-Energy Association can help them reframe environmental discussions.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Vermont mulls EPR, bottle bill improvements to catch up on recycling goals

    A report from the Department of Environmental Conservation recommends adopting EPR for hazardous waste, reducing PFAS and updating the state’s bottle bill to help reach its waste reduction, recycling and composting goals.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Covanta CEO promises ‘vastly different’ approach for the company

    Azeez Mohammed, who joined the company as part of its 2021 sale to EQT Infrastructure, talks through a wave of strategic changes in his first extended interview on the job. 

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Connecticut governor backing EPR for packaging and other policies to increase state’s ‘self-sufficiency’

    Gov. Ned Lamont said a combination of EPR, waste diversion and improved organics management will help Connecticut reduce a growing amount of waste exported to other states in the wake of a major WTE facility closing.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    Carlton Waterhouse, EPA’s solid waste office nominee, to leave agency in February

    Waterhouse’s nomination by President Biden for an EPA assistant administrator role has been stuck for a year and a half.

    By Updated Jan. 25, 2023
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    EPA proposes further leachate regulations after study finds PFAS at 95% of surveyed landfills

    The agency is assessing new effluent limitation guidelines and pretreatment standards, but their effect on daily operations is not clear. WM, Republic Services and waste trade groups have weighed in on the potential changes.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    Clean Harbors says it can destroy more than 99% of PFAS at incinerator facility

    A third-party study commissioned by Clean Harbors said the company’s incineration process can destroy 99.99% of PFAS compounds. The U.S. EPA says research on using incineration for PFAS management is still limited.

    By Jan. 23, 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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    VLS Environmental sees hazardous waste and PFAS opportunities after latest acquisition

    VLS, a private equity-backed company, intends to keep growing in the hazardous and non-hazardous waste sectors. Its latest purchase of Texas Molecular may also open up new opportunities for PFAS disposal.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Some landfills will begin treating PFAS on-site as regulators move to adopt new limits

    Companies such as Casella Waste Systems and Waste Connections are building their own wastewater treatment plants for leachate and testing a range of technologies as the industry awaits federal standards.

    By April Reese • Jan. 17, 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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    New York governor signs environmental justice law to reduce cumulative pollution impacts

    The state’s environmental permitting process will now require applicants to consider how their projects might contribute to cumulative environmental impacts on disadvantaged communities.

    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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    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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    A review of reports from WM, Republic Services and Waste Connections shows an increasing level of data from tools such as EPA’s EJScreen about the potential effects of waste sites on surrounding communities.

    By Myisha Majumder • 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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    Where recycling and waste laws changed on Jan. 1

    California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C., are among the jurisdictions enforcing new recycling and waste laws as of Jan. 1, including bag fees, bottle bill updates and organics diversion mandates.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    BP completes $4.1B acquisition of Archaea

    The transaction positions BP as a major developer of renewable natural gas projects at U.S. landfills and caps off a rapid rise for Archaea since it became a public company in 2021.

    By Dec. 28, 2022
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    Tracking PFAS developments in 2022 and beyond

    Discussions about how to safely manage PFAS, as well as how it should be disposed of or regulated, have gotten more complex in recent years.

    By Updated Jan. 24, 2023
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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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    In PFAS fight, U.S. Composting Council calls for science over ‘unsound policies’

    Executive Director Frank Franciosi says federal agencies can help shed light on how these persistent chemicals affect compost and crops while ensuring that new policies don’t hinder progress on organics recycling.

    By Dec. 19, 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
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    Archaea shareholders approve $4.1B sale to BP

    Recently released proxy filings share new details about joint venture partner Republic Services signing off on the deal. BP’s CEO has described his company as “the natural owner” of Archaea, with exponential growth ahead.

    By Dec. 14, 2022