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    Big Food's sustainable packaging goals hit supply and demand reality

    As consumer packaged goods companies set targets to cut virgin plastic use, the pandemic, poor weather and war have complicated their timelines.

    By Samantha Oller • May 25, 2022
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    City Haul: Federal pandemic funds offer rare opportunity for waste and recycling investments

    Climate and cleanliness goals, plus worker safety concerns, help sanitation projects compete for flexible American Rescue Plan funds, as localities also await next steps on the rollout of recycling grants through the infrastructure law.

    By May 24, 2022
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2022

    Get up to speed on what may be coming next around M&A, labor solutions, ESG investment trends, federal regulation, state policy, environmental justice, local programs and more.

    By Waste Dive staff
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    Willie Goode, founder of multiple DC-area waste companies, reflects on 30 years in business

    After starting out on the back of a truck, the CEO of Maryland-based Goode Cos. has since grown a multi-company portfolio. He reflects on what it took to get there, a tough contract experience in Florida and what's next.

    By May 23, 2022
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    WasteExpo highlights big ideas for solving food waste, recycling, data and infrastructure problems

    Speakers from Recology, ERI, Generate Upcycle, Orlando and the state of California shared advice on how to advance waste, recycling and organics operations.

    By , Updated May 23, 2022
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    How top waste companies are competing around M&A, recycling, inflation and labor

    Hear what executives from Casella Waste Systems, Coastal Waste & Recycling, LRS, Republic Services, USA Hauling & Recycling, Waste Connections and others had to say about key trends at WasteExpo.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Lithium-ion battery industry ramps up recycling focus as geopolitical events challenge supply chain

    The Russia-Ukraine war and booming EV demand are contributing to surging battery commodity prices. Federal funding and private-sector investments could boost recycling to make the domestic supply more sustainable.

    By May 17, 2022
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    Colorado's EPR for packaging bill headed to governor's desk

    This could be the third state bill of its kind to pass so far. The law would create an advisory board with recycler representation, but the American Forest & Paper Association wants to see it vetoed over recycling rate and cost concerns.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Best Buy just launched a $200 electronics recycling pick-up program

    For consumers looking to avoid e-waste, retailers are filling a gap left by manufacturers. Best Buy sees this as a convenience service that can appeal to consumers regardless of policy drivers in their state.

    By Kaarin Vembar • May 12, 2022
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    Dispatches from WasteExpo Day 1: Latinx business leaders, mobile collection apps and PFAS in biosolids

    The industry's largest event kicked off with sessions focused on the link between diversity and sustainability, young rising leaders, fleet technology rollouts, a notable new PFAS law in Maine and more.

    By , , May 10, 2022
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    Republic Services plugs US Ecology-driven expansion, Archaea RNG deal

    After finalizing the $2.2 billion US Ecology acquisition, Republic said it has another $400 million worth of solid waste and recycling deals "in the advanced stages of closing" and is eyeing tuck-ins in environmental solutions.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Q1 earnings results for major waste and recycling companies

    Catch up on the latest round of financial results from WM, Republic Services, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental, Casella Waste Systems, Clean Harbors and Stericycle.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Updated May 6, 2022
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    C&D recycling and rail transfer facility coming to capacity-strained Greater Boston market

    The project is not owned by a major waste industry player, making it an outlier for the region. With construction beginning later this year, it will enter a market with increasingly high recycling expectations.

    By May 2, 2022
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    Casella forecasts $1B in annual revenue, growing M&A pipeline

    The Northeastern company reported a positive quarter despite facility construction setbacks, inflation issues and lower landfill volumes. It also previewed upward of $500 million in potential acquisition opportunities.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Big brands targeted for plastic reduction and refill commitments in 2022 proxy season

    Plastics remain a potent issue for shareholder advocacy this year, with commitments already made by companies such as Coca-Cola and votes still pending at Amazon, McDonald's and ExxonMobil.

    By April 27, 2022
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    WM describes 'conservative' approach on M&A, sees strong Q1 price and volume trends

    Executives at the industry's top company kicked off earnings season with updates on efforts to offset inflation, reduce head count through automation and focus more on ESG investments than on big acquisitions.

    By April 26, 2022
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    As reusable takeout container systems expand, logistics questions abound

    The pandemic threw startups for a loop, but many are still seeing strong demand. Now, companies and restaurants may have to balance brand identity with a factor that could be most helpful for reusables to succeed — uniformity.

    By April 20, 2022
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    M&A trends, DEI improvements and the future of electronics repair are the talk of NERC conference

    At a virtual Northeast Recycling Council event, the DOJ weighed in on its antitrust review process, panelists discussed "rethinking our internal structures" on DEI and electronics repair advocates celebrated state legislative progress.

    By Updated April 29, 2022
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    Hawaii's EPR for packaging bill fails to pass before end of legislative session

    Supporters had expected the unique model focused on reuse and reduction to move quickly through final committees, but legislators did not reconcile bill differences before the clock ran out. 

    By Updated May 11, 2022
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    Republic Services closes acquisition of large Massachusetts hauler and recycler JRM

    JRM was one of the last large independent companies left in the Greater Boston market. The deal fits in with Republic's existing transfer infrastructure in the region and will give it a MRF north of the city.

    By Updated May 20, 2022
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    CMA CGM tells shippers it won't accept plastic scrap as of April 15

    The ocean carrier had committed to not carry plastic scrap on any of its ships by June 1, leaving plastic scrap shippers to find another carrier as of mid-April.

    By Alejandra Salgado • April 12, 2022
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    Anheuser-Busch loops in MLB, NFL for in-stadium recycling push

    The multi-league coalition will see some teams deploy "recycling hawkers" at games to collect bottles and cans from fans in the stands.

    By Sara Karlovitch • April 12, 2022
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    EPR legislation not included in final New York state budget despite governor's support

    Gov. Kathy Hochul spearheaded the effort to implement producer responsibility for packaging, but it didn't survive budget negotiations. Attention now turns to other pending legislation that would enact various forms of packaging EPR.

    By April 11, 2022
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    In need of skilled talent, 'clean tech' employers prioritize purpose

    "The biggest piece of it is to know the company you're working for," said Sue Wingert, vice president of human resources at RoadRunner Recycling.

    By Ryan Golden • April 8, 2022
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    Denver sees potential waste, recycling, compost policy overhauls on horizon

    The city is set to share a long-awaited "pay-as-you-throw" proposal this spring, while advocates of a separate ballot initiative that would widely expand access to organics and recycling services look ahead to November.

    By April 8, 2022
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    Senate committee again ties on Waterhouse nomination for EPA waste office

    The vote is likely to move to the Senate floor despite the tie. The nominee spoke about environmental justice and climate change initiatives at last week's Society of Environmental Journalists conference. 

    By April 7, 2022