Recycling


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    WM acquires Winters Bros. Waste, a major New York company

    Long Island’s largest independent hauler, which employs more than 500 people, has numerous assets in an area that faces strains from an upcoming reduction in regional disposal capacity.

    By Updated 6 minutes ago
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    Triumvirate Environmental scales to become a $500M player in the special waste field

    CEO John McQuillan said the Massachusetts company has grown by handling one of the broadest ranges of regulated waste in the market. He also discussed a unique plastic lumber subsidiary.

    By July 12, 2024
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    The Recycling Partnership’s new chief marketing officer sees power in a good story

    Dune Ives, formerly of Lonely Whale, takes the helm as The Recycling Partnership’s chief marketing officer. She plans to tackle recycling myths with creative storytelling.

    By July 10, 2024
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    LRS receives credit rating downgrades, hires chief revenue officer

    Moody’s and S&P both downgraded the Midwest recycler in June due in part to high debt leverage, but they maintained stable outlooks. LRS is searching for a CFO after Luke Chenery returned to Macquarie.

    By July 9, 2024
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    Apex Waste grows in Colorado with 2 new deals, including WM sites

    The Kinderhook-backed company is now vertically integrated after purchasing landfills and a MRF from Twin Enviro Services. Following these deals, Apex now services an estimated 100,000 customers.

    By Updated July 9, 2024
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    Superfund enforcement of PFAS started Monday. Where does waste and recycling go from here?

    The regulation exposes certain parties to liability for cleanup of contamination from certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. While the EPA has said some disposal facilities won’t be targeted, concerns about cost remain.

    By July 8, 2024
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    Reverse vending machines for recycling are gaining traction outside of bottle bill states

    Recent investments in companies such as Olyns and Cycle, as well as support from partners like Ball and Coca-Cola, show increasing interest in the space. Stadiums, college campuses and other venues are considered ideal settings.

    By Hollie Stephens • July 3, 2024
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    Recycling label requirements proposed in draft federal bill

    Sen. Jeff Merkley is circulating a draft bill regarding truth in labeling. Packaging groups want it to preempt laws in states such as California and Oregon.

    By July 2, 2024
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    SWANA joins Canada Plastics Pact

    The association, already a member of the U.S. Plastics Pact, says joining the Canadian counterpart further affirms its recent emphasis on shifting from solid waste management to resource management.

    By June 28, 2024
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    California carpet EPR bill aims to restructure recycling program

    The bill calls for ending the carpet recycling program in favor of a new EPR model that adds artificial turf, carpet pads and “resilient flooring.” CARE, which runs the program, says the plan would destroy carpet recycling in the state.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Enviri outlines long-term plans for ‘complete suite’ of PFAS services, rail divestment

    During an investor day event, Enviri touted plans to offer a broad range of PFAS services as part of its move to become a full-service environmental remediation company and potentially hit $2.7 billion in revenue by 2027.

    By June 25, 2024
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    Massachusetts Senate calls for EPR study commission in broader plastics bill

    The state Senate’s bill aims to ban certain types of plastic bags and limit plastic utensils and straws. Meanwhile, a proposed bottle bill expansion was added to a pending climate bill.

    By , June 24, 2024
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    WM begins work on new Ontario MRFs as part of Canadian EPR program

    The Toronto-area recycling facilities aim to manage materials from Ontario’s changing EPR for packaging program while helping WM establish its residential recycling business there. 

    By Updated June 27, 2024
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    Balcones Recycling opens new $68M MRF in San Antonio

    Built in part to handle recycled materials from Balcones' 15-year municipal recycling contract with the city, the facility is among the most automated MRFs in the U.S., the company says.

    By June 20, 2024
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    New Hampshire battery disposal ban bill heads to governor

    The bill expands the state’s battery disposal ban to include all electronics and lithium-ion batteries, a move meant to decrease the number of fires at waste and recycling facilities.

    By June 18, 2024
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    CompuCycle expansion in Houston further separates mixed plastic from recycled electronics

    The improvements, meant to attract OEMs and customers from other markets, come as electronics recycling certification bodies move to comply with the Basel Convention’s restrictions on mixed plastic shipments.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Battery EPR bill heads to Illinois governor’s desk

    The bill had industry support from NWRA, LRS and other haulers, who see the legislation as a way to more responsibly manage batteries and prevent fires.

    By June 12, 2024
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    How California Treasurer Fiona Ma became ‘obsessed’ with waste and recycling

    That obsession could affect the industry if Ma wins her bid for lieutenant governor. She has received backing from state waste companies over the years but has not always aligned with them on policy.

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor • Updated June 12, 2024
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    New York EPR for packaging bill fails to pass before end of legislative session

    The state Senate approved the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act on Friday, but the bill stalled in the Assembly. Bottle bill expansion and mattress EPR legislation also failed to advance.

    By , June 10, 2024
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    NYC officials spotlight commercial waste zone selection, pricing and M&A

    A tense council hearing elicited more context about how the Department of Sanitation selected companies for coveted 10-year contracts but little new information on implementation timing beyond the first zone.

    By June 7, 2024
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    WM CEO says medical business growth makes Stericycle deal an attractive fit

    During the Stifel Cross Sector Insight Conference, WM executives shared more insight about how Stericycle’s positioning in the medical waste and recycled paper markets aligns well with their long-term plans.

    By June 6, 2024
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    Colorado’s PRO appoints executive director to manage state’s EPR rollout

    Juri Freeman, CAA’s new executive director for Colorado, joins as the state buckles down on EPR implementation. Currently an RRS principal, he has served in numerous recycling and composting roles across the state. 

    By June 5, 2024
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    AMP, Virginia waste company collaborate on AI-powered facility to divert recycling from MSW

    AMP and Recycling and Disposal Solutions say a newly built facility will divert about 60% of MSW previously headed to the landfill. AMP’s technology is meant to be co-located at landfills and transfer stations.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Republic shareholders nix Teamsters’ proposal to report labor impact of climate policies

    A strong majority of shareholders voted against the proposal, which sought to compel Republic to more explicitly detail how its investments in automation and artificial intelligence affect workers.

    By May 30, 2024
  • Senate hearing touts federal funds and private sector teamwork for recycling wins

    At a recent committee hearing, speakers from The Recycling Partnership, North Carolina DEQ and Seattle Public Utilities urged continued federal funding for recycling projects and the passage of two bipartisan recycling bills.

    By May 29, 2024