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    New York sanitation experts urge incoming mayor to rethink, modernize collection system

    The city's sidewalks are infamous for their mountains of garbage bags and rodents. A new "Put Waste to Work" campaign says containerization, route optimization and organics collection should be top priorities.

    By Dec. 3, 2021
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    City Haul: How leaders navigate turbulent recycling narratives

    Market changes in recent years created new challenges and opportunities for cities seeking to encourage good recycling habits among residents. City leaders and industry experts share how they're approaching the issue.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Q&A

    As circular economy momentum builds, Rheaply seeks to grow reuse connections

    With new funding and award recognition, the Chicago-based startup's goals include quantifying the savings from reuse and having more large enterprises adopt its platform.

    By Nov. 29, 2021
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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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    Opinion

    The EPA wants to fix US recycling. Start by making it simpler.

    Geoff Freeman, who leads the Consumer Brands Association, makes the case that standardizing definitions is key to improving both packaging design and education to reduce contamination.

    By Geoff Freeman • Nov. 19, 2021
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    Plastic resin buyers struggle with high prices and short supply

    Businesses have stockpiled product, used fewer materials and bolstered internal manufacturing to cope in a tight market.

    By Meena Thiruvengadam • Nov. 18, 2021
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    Q&A // Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    Incoming EPA assistant administrator touts 'back to basics' approach to climate change, circular economy

    Carlton Waterhouse, nominee to lead the Office of Land and Emergency Management, says the EPA will tackle its 2030 recycling goals by focusing more on source reduction and funding materials management infrastructure.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York aims to launch commercial waste zones in 2022, sector's largest change in decades

    A long-anticipated RFP kicks off a process that could see coveted 10-year contracts awarded by next summer. Fifty companies have qualified to bid, including Waste Management, Waste Connections and Action Environmental.

    By Nov. 17, 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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    Aluminum can recyclers call for federal and state 'bottle bills' to hit 2030 target

    The Can Manufacturers Institute recently announced that it will lobby for container deposit laws at the state and federal levels to bring UBC recycling rates up to 70% by 2030.

    By Nov. 15, 2021
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    How US recycling programs make it work from coast to coast

    Professionals working in multifamily city buildings, drop-off sites in tribal nations and programs in more isolated island areas weigh in on what's working, and what's still challenging, when it comes to recycling in 2021.

    By , , Nov. 15, 2021
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    Biden signs infrastructure bill with more than $350M for recycling, but local effects still years away

    Recycling stakeholders have asked the EPA to keep them involved as it works to implement numerous grants the infrastructure bill contains, including from the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and RECYCLE Act.

    By Updated Nov. 15, 2021
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    Opinion

    The imperative for a reuse economy and culture

    Linda Pouliot, CEO of reusable dishware delivery service Dishcraft, shares lessons learned from the early stages of California's shift toward reuse systems for food service packaging.

    By Linda Pouliot • 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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    Opinion

    Could better recycling logistics solve EPR challenges?

    More flexible collection systems may be a solution to packaging issues — regardless of the regulatory landscape — writes Ryan Smith, CEO and founder of startup Recyclops.

    By Ryan Smith • Nov. 3, 2021
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    PPRC 2021: What's next for HDPE, PET, OCC and mixed paper markets

    Conference speakers predicted mostly favorable near-term demand for commodities due to e-commerce trends and brand commitments. Yet some worried that new PCR laws could put too much pressure on pricing.

    By Nov. 2, 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