Environmental, Social and Governance


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    WasteExpo 2022

    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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    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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    WasteExpo 2022

    What does environmental justice mean for waste? Data, community partners can provide greater clarity

    Though the U.S. EPA has touted environmental justice as a major priority, many waste and recycling facility operators are unclear where they fit in and how the concept translates to day-to-day actions, panelists at WasteExpo said.

    By May 18, 2022
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    WasteExpo 2022

    Electric evolution increasingly seen as inevitable for waste and recycling fleets

    Timeline predictions vary, but conversations at WasteExpo suggested a wider consensus is forming that refuse fleets are destined for electrification. With that, the focus shifts from doubts about trucks to infrastructure stresses.

    By May 16, 2022
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    Global ESG standard-setting gains speed

    Faced with a patchwork of inconsistent measurement frameworks, regulators and other standard-setters worldwide are now building a consensus behind uniform rules for gauging sustainability.

    By Jim Tyson • May 4, 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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    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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    Environmental justice, including at waste sites, takes center stage at Houston event

    As current and former EPA officials called for greater action on environmental justice, the author of seminal research on inequity issues around Houston landfills and incinerators shared how the concept got its start.

    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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    Republic shareholders vote down civil rights and EJ proposals after Teamsters-backed vote passes at WM

    The Teamsters and investment firm Parnassus previously said independent audits could clarify progress on corporate ESG and DEI goals. The companies have said they already provide needed data on the issues, therefore audits are unnecessary.

    By Updated May 19, 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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    Wegmans will soon say 'goodbye' to single-use plastic bags chainwide

    The grocery chain, which has already eliminated the bags at more than half of its stores, plans to fully do away with them by the end of this year.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • April 18, 2022
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    Q&A

    After years of growing awareness, ReFED director sees a 'rubber-meets-the-road moment' for food waste

    The U.S. government's 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal is fast approaching, and food prices are on the rise. Dana Gunders discusses what this all means for ongoing efforts to reduce, recover and recycle wasted food.

    By April 6, 2022
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    Dramatic expansion potential for waste projects seen by RNG Coalition CEO as climate efforts intensify

    RNG projects at North American landfills, anaerobic digesters and other sites are set to grow exponentially in the coming years. Johannes Escudero breaks down what's ahead.

    By April 1, 2022
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    How Republic's investment in secondary plastics processing puts a 'different twist' on vertical integration

    It's been less common for haulers and MRF operators to have a further role in the supply chain, but growing postconsumer recycled content demand and other market factors could make the strategy more profitable.

    By March 30, 2022
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    Companies must venture into 'jungle' of approaches to ESG ratings

    CFOs committed to providing sustainability disclosures confront a confusing variety of inconsistent standards and measurements, according to a panel of experts at a recent Economist event.

    By Jim Tyson • March 23, 2022
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    Is jet fuel from waste finally ready for takeoff?

    Multiple projects to create sustainable aviation fuel from waste are underway, including a Fulcrum BioEnergy plant a decade in the making. Questions remain about whether it will be a scalable, viable success for the circular economy.

    By Danielle Beurteaux • March 23, 2022
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    Walmart signs up for West Coast food waste-reduction project

    As a member of the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, the retailer will provide data that will help give a more precise estimate of waste across the retail sector and identify key "hot spots" to focus on.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • March 22, 2022
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    SEC proposes 'rules of the road' for climate disclosures

    Investors with $130 trillion in assets under management have pushed for consistent, comparable disclosures on climate risk, SEC Chair Gary Gensler said Monday.

    By Jim Tyson • March 21, 2022
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    Fuel price bump prompts surcharges, renewed interest in waste and recycling fleet transitions

    Many private-sector and city fleet operators have systems in place to pass along heightened costs. Meanwhile, industry leaders are also monitoring how the war in Ukraine could further strain supply chains for trucks and parts.

    By Updated March 17, 2022
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    'Target Zero' appeals to consumers' sustainability concerns

    The retailer worked with vendors including third-party brands and its own private labels to design more eco-friendly packaging for hundreds of products.

    By Daphne Howland • March 10, 2022
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    Waste Dive Live: What's next for waste and recycling in 2022?

    Watch the videos from our Feb. 10 virtual event to hear perspectives from the Waste Dive team, The Recycling Partnership and Reloop.

    By The Waste Dive Team • March 9, 2022
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    Plastic supply pressures create market challenges and opportunities for recycled resins, analysts say

    At the Plastics Recycling Conference, IHS Markit analysts suggested volatile crude oil prices from the war in Ukraine could drive up virgin resin prices and recycled resin demand. Meanwhile, supply is still tight for PET, PP and PE.

    By March 9, 2022
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    White House accelerates plans for zero-emission trucks

    The Biden administration announced new grant funding for manufacturers and a proposed rule to dramatically curb nitrogen oxide emissions by 2031.

    By Jim Stinson • March 7, 2022