Recycling


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    With $100M in recycling and waste grants now available, EPA schedules info sessions on how to apply

    The agency will host multiple workshops about how state, territorial and local governments can make their case for the highly anticipated infrastructure and education funding by the Jan. 16 deadline.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    3 tips on building more inclusive recycling and waste programs for underserved communities

    Speakers at the recent National Recycling Congress shared outreach and funding tips for communities where English is not the primary language, services are inconvenient or nonexistent or other systemic barriers exist.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Where does chemical recycling fit into EPR policy? Experts say it’s complicated.

    Chemical recycling isn’t a monolith, and future conversations about the technology need more nuance, particularly around EPR, speakers at a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar said. 

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Why WM and Dow are launching a curbside plastic film recycling pilot

    After WM assesses the plastic film processing capabilities at a newer MRF, it expects to expand the Chicago-area program. The company’s pending acquisition of Avangard Innovative could provide an end market.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Rubicon announces layoffs, debt restructuring to stabilize company

    The waste broker was previously facing serious liquidity issues, with $102.6 million worth of debt once set to mature next month. A software deal with Palantir Technologies was cited among its notable costs.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Recology SF corruption investigation

    Recology reaches $25M settlement with San Francisco to offset future rate increases

    This agreement comes after the company earned more than an agreed-upon 9% profit margin, even after factoring in a prior $100 million ratepayer reimbursement settlement.

    By Nov. 17, 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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    America Recycles Day 2022: Updates from around the country

    This year’s event was marked by the U.S. EPA opening up $375 million in grant funding, President Biden calling on manufacturers to better support reuse and recycling, Colorado’s governor weighing in on EPR and more.

    By Updated Nov. 17, 2022
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    Opinion

    What analyzing National Sword can teach us about optimizing US plastics recycling

    The dust has yet to settle from the major reckoning the U.S. plastics recycling system faced, but three notable factors have the potential to change the status quo going forward, write researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

    By Jessica Heiges and Kate O’Neill • Nov. 16, 2022
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    Tracker

    Tracking 2022 recycling laws by state

    From California to Rhode Island, state legislatures have had another active year on recycling issues. Follow bills about EPR, recycled content, container deposit systems and product bans that passed into law.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    EPA promises recycling infrastructure funds, new reports coming soon

    During the National Recycling Congress, the U.S. EPA’s Nena Shaw said the infrastructure grant funding process is almost ready and previewed work on batteries, data collection and future reports on plastics and food waste.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    The next frontier in e-commerce packaging: reusable bags and boxes

    Online ordering spiked during the pandemic — and so did the waste it creates. As Cyber Monday approaches, startups such as Returnity and Trashless are developing ways to offer consumers and retailers an alternative.

    By Lela Nargi • Nov. 15, 2022
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    Closed Loop launches new recycling company, Circular Services, with $700M investment

    Combining the operations of Sims Municipal Recycling, Balcones Resources, Retrievr, HomeBiogas and more, the new company, to be led by Closed Loop CEO Ron Gonen, is being touted as a “holistic” service provider.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    PureCycle touts upcoming PP facility in Ohio but reports challenges at Georgia and Florida locations

    During its Q3 earnings call, the polypropylene recycler said its flagship location will open next year, but funding or environmental justice concerns could complicate plans at other locations.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    Rubicon pledges ‘progress to profitability’ and shares plans to grow company’s earnings potential

    In Rubicon’s first earnings call since going public and seeing its founder step down, CEO Phil Rodoni named “profitability as the core tenet of our strategy and corporate culture going forward” and announced a new company president.

    By Nov. 10, 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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    Holiday shopping season won’t save weak prices for OCC, mixed paper

    Analysts and recyclers expect low prices for recovered fiber could persist through year’s end as e-commerce gains fade, exports fall and Amazon’s efforts to reduce packaging continue.

    By Nov. 9, 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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    Q&A

    Upstream CEO talks about the role of EPR in expanding reuse-refill, ‘golden opportunity’ for recycling industry

    The reuse-refill sector has become increasingly mainstream, as shown by the nonprofit’s Reusies award event. Matt Prindiville shares his latest outlook on where it’s going next and how the traditional waste industry can be involved.

    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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    GFL 2022 earnings

    GFL Q3 revenue jumps, ESG targets to come this month

    GFL Environmental’s revenue bump came amid economic headwinds and notable costs related to fuel, trucks and MRF fires, as discussed on its earnings call Thursday.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    WCN 2022 earnings

    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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    Plastic markets fall, EPA urged to update policies and other top recycling stories from October

    The month’s notable recycling headlines include recent plastic market trends, questions about the United States' long-held waste hierarchy and calls to standardize recycling bin labels.

    By Nov. 2, 2022