Recycling


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    EPR still top recycling issue for state policymakers, but plastics and repair laws also on the horizon

    While federal action is uncertain, multiple state governors and policy advocates aim to build on the momentum of producer responsibility laws for packaging this year. Numerous other bills are also expected to get consideration.

    By Jan. 30, 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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    Analysis of local climate action plans and solid waste planning shows overlapping opportunities

    Environmental services firm HDR examined hundreds of solid waste-related actions across city and county climate action plans, noting a common interest around action on organics, among a range of other ideas.

    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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    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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    Virginia state task force calls for more recycling business opportunities, possible EPR policies

    A group with recycling industry representation offered recommendations to divert more waste from landfills, but stopped short of recommending EPR for packaging or reaching consensus on a possible bottle bill.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Nashville launching $4.8M curbside recycling expansion

    The Recycling Partnership, which is providing a grant, predicts that a shift to biweekly collection in the fast-growing Tennessee city could generate 156 million new pounds of recyclables over the next decade

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Renovare Environmental sells digester business while fate of West Virginia plant still pending

    The financially troubled company sold its aerobic digestion assets to TraQiQ, a technology company with no known waste background. Meanwhile, fire issues have been mitigated at Renovare’s shuttered West Virginia site.

    By Jan. 17, 2023
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    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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    Municipalities that ditch curbside recycling are missing out on revenue, Florida report finds

    Recent research from the University of Florida and the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation outlines the financial and environmental effects of multiple local governments dropping their curbside programs in recent years.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    New York Gov. Hochul says EPR for packaging a major priority in 2023

    Hochul announced Tuesday she would introduce EPR for packaging legislation for the second time. Multiple efforts to pass versions of the policy through the state budget and legislative process failed in 2022.

    By Jan. 11, 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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    LRS grows in Michigan and Indiana with largest acquisitions to date

    The purchases of Michiana Recycling & Disposal Service and Modern Waste Systems are the latest among dozens of transactions by the private equity-backed company in recent years.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    Stadiums pursue new technologies and tactics to boost waste diversion

    As fans flock back to large venues, many are seeing new or updated waste initiatives. Operators are experimenting with different collection systems, reusable cups, reverse vending machines, on-site sorting and more.

    By Updated Jan. 19, 2023
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    Right-to-repair advocates expect more bills in 2023 after New York success

    Advocates were disappointed after New York’s first-of-its-kind law was amended to limit eligible products, but they expect continued momentum despite fierce lobbying. Such laws are also supported by electronics recyclers.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Companies can no longer peg food waste recycling as a West Coast initiative

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s director of innovation recaps new and expanded drop-off and collection programs, plus new processing facilities to meet that demand, suggesting continued momentum for solutions in 2023.

    By Olga Kachook • 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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    What Congress did — and didn’t — get done for waste and recycling in 2022

    Lawmakers made progress on multiple waste initiatives in 2022, including language in the recent budget bill, but a pair of bipartisan bills that passed the Senate didn’t make it to the House and a key EPA nomination remains stalled.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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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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    Massachusetts C&D market recovering from major wood market disruption

    A turbine failure in Connecticut and a facility shutdown in Canada cut off key markets for months. This affected options for companies such as WIN Waste Innovations in a state where landfilling of wood is prohibited.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Next steps for the Great Lakes region’s circular economy strategy

    The Council of the Great Lakes Region and its partners are figuring out first steps toward implementing a plan released this year. Plastics will be a prime focus in efforts to preserve water quality in the area.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Republic Services buys longtime family hauler in northwest Illinois

    Moring Disposal, a privately-owned company since 1977, has a range of collection and transfer operations in the region. The deal marks an expansion for Republic in this part of the state.

    By Dec. 20, 2022