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    To raise recycling rates, The Recycling Partnership advocates for packaging EPR in every state

    A new report from the group says “smart, well-designed” extended producer responsibility for packaging will dramatically boost recycling. Policy and government lead Dylan de Thomas discusses what that could look like.

    By Feb. 22, 2023
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    CWST 2022 earnings

    Casella previews ‘robust’ year of pricing to offset inflation; notes more acquisitions ahead

    The Vermont-based company reported favorable Q4 results. Executives also previewed upcoming RNG projects, investment in a rail-served landfill and further growth through acquisitions.

    By Feb. 17, 2023
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2023

    The waste and recycling industry is anticipating another year of policy pushes, regulatory updates and consolidation amid a shifting economy. Waste Dive will be following trends around M&A, ESG, plastics, environmental justice and much more.

    By Waste Dive staff
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    Q4 earnings results for major waste and recycling companies

    Follow the latest results from WM, Republic Services, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental, Casella Waste Systems, Clean Harbors, Stericycle and Rubicon as they close out 2022 reports and give guidance for 2023.

    Updated March 9, 2023
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    WCN 2022 earnings

    Waste Connections ends 2022 favorably despite headwinds; spent $2.3B on acquisitions

    Waste Connections executives expect a strong start to 2023 due to anticipated acquisitions activity, as well as minor improvements in recycled commodity and energy credit values.

    By Feb. 16, 2023
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    RSG 2022 earnings

    Republic says it’s ready for any economy; M&A remains a priority after spending $2.7B in 2022

    Executives said they anticipate growing revenue potential from the company’s environmental solutions division. The company also previewed upcoming plastic recycling center investments and acquisition plans.

    By Feb. 16, 2023
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    What’s in store for state recycling policy in 2023?

    Recycling policy experts from Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and Washington predicted the legislative season’s biggest trends in a live panel discussion with Waste Dive.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
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    RTS acquires Cycle in effort to broaden reverse vending systems at sports stadiums and events

    Recycle Track Systems will offer Cycle’s RVMs as part of its expanding stadium and recycling rewards business. The companies recently debuted a new machine at the Super Bowl.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
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    Waste and recycling industry leaders discuss the operational impact of corporate ESG trends

    LRS CEO Alan Handley and Vanguard Renewables Chief Sustainability Officer David Darr recently joined Waste Dive for a live discussion about investment trends, sustainability reporting, customer expectations and more.

    By Waste Dive Staff • Feb. 15, 2023
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    Lawmakers call for EPA to more tightly regulate plastic production and cut ties with chemical recycling

    In a letter, lawmakers urged Administrator Michael Regan to carry out provisions first outlined in last year’s Protecting Communities from Plastic Act, saying the agency can do more to curb plastic pollution.

    By Feb. 14, 2023
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    Production begins at Circularix’s inaugural rPET facility

    The company, which is a joint venture between Macquarie Group and HPC Industries, plans to open four additional PET recycling facilities in the next two years to meet growing demand.

    By Feb. 14, 2023
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    Sonoco reports ‘pivotal year’ of growth driven by consumer packaging demand and M&A

    During a recent earnings call, CEO Howard Coker touted the importance of the company’s metal packaging acquisition — its largest ever — and why he thinks it “feels like we are in a recession.” 

    By Feb. 13, 2023
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    Sustainability talks emphasizes real talk and bold action for 2023

    Between the ever-increasing tsunami of plastics; textile- and food waste filling up landfills; and mountains of packaging being kicked to the curb every day, it’s time for bold action toward a sustainable future.

    Feb. 13, 2023
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    With federal agencies still falling behind on PFAS deadlines, activists seek lawmakers’ help

    The Environmental Working Group and Safer States say the U.S. EPA is moving too slowly on setting standards for PFAS in water, packaging and more. They’re pushing Congress and state legislatures to act as well.

    By Feb. 10, 2023
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    Direct Pack gets Recycling Partnership grant for PET thermoform recycling in Mexico

    California-based Direct Pack bought over 4,000 tons of PET from Phoenix in 2022 — a relationship the city touted ahead of the Super Bowl — for processing in Mexicali, where new capacity will be built.

    By Updated Feb. 14, 2023
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    Toledo, Ohio, advances plan to build new MRF by 2025

    Lucas County will partner with a yet-to-be-named MRF operator to build the site on 15 acres. The county anticipates the project can reduce transportation costs and boost local jobs.

    By Feb. 8, 2023
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    DOE report touts chemical recycling R&D opportunities while noting plastic’s environmental justice issues

    The report, part of a long-term Energy Department effort to boost the viability of plastics recycling and cut energy use, touts opportunities in researching bio-based plastics as well as chemical recycling technologies. 

    By Feb. 6, 2023
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    WestRock notes global paper market headwinds but touts sustainability investments as growing opportunity

    WestRock reported lower Q1 income and withdrew full-year guidance due to market uncertainty. CEO David Sewell said increased packaging revenue and a focus on plastic packaging replacement projects are positive signs, however.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    WM 2022 earnings

    WM boosts planned MRF and RNG spending by $590M, sees signs of inflation easing

    Volumes may be flat, and recycling values are down, but executives hope cost control measures and long-term investments will offset headwinds. They said federal regulations are driving an attractive environment for RNG projects.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    AI is a reason for optimism in recycling in 2023 and beyond

    Claims that recycling can’t ever work fail to account for the high degree of innovation making recycling processes more efficient and cost effective, writes AMP Robotics CEO Matanya Horowitz.

    By Matanya Horowitz • Feb. 1, 2023
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    Oregon’s bottle bill system CEO talks tech improvements, refillables and the prospects for a national system

    Oregon aims to attain its highest return rates yet with a range of modern updates. Jules Bailey, new CEO of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, talks through what’s working and what’s next.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Northstar Recycling acquires Sonoco’s ‘asset-light’ waste services business

    The private equity-backed company has purchased a business that focuses on providing third-party service and consulting to large manufacturing clients from the major packaging company.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    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