Environmental, Social and Governance


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    Q&A

    As circular economy momentum builds, Rheaply seeks to grow reuse connections

    With new funding and award recognition, the Chicago-based startup's goals include quantifying the savings from reuse and having more large enterprises adopt its platform.

    By Nov. 29, 2021
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    Opinion

    It's time to look harder at landfills if we're serious about addressing climate change

    Leaders from the Institute for Energy and Resource Management, drawing on Europe's experience, make the case for why it's time to stop landfilling MSW and move toward a more integrated waste management system.

    By Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann and Stephen Gerritson • Nov. 12, 2021
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    GFL 2021 earnings

    GFL Environmental on track to close 40 acquisitions this year, ramping up RNG and MRF projects

    Having acquired assets worth an estimated C$735 million in annual revenue to date, GFL intends to keep up its pace for the foreseeable future and raised 2021 guidance.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Global rule maker created for ESG disclosure standards

    CFOs aiming to adopt sustainability disclosure standards must currently choose from more than a dozen inconsistent, competing frameworks. 

    By Jim Tyson • Nov. 3, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: GFL Environmental

    In its second year as a public company GFL continued an aggressive expansion pace throughout North America, including multiple large acquisitions such as Terrapure and PDC.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 4, 2021
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    Opinion

    Could better recycling logistics solve EPR challenges?

    More flexible collection systems may be a solution to packaging issues — regardless of the regulatory landscape — writes Ryan Smith, CEO and founder of startup Recyclops.

    By Ryan Smith • Nov. 3, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    With landfill methane in the climate spotlight, satellite and flyover measurements attract a following

    Landfill operators, nonprofits and regulators are looking to remote measurement technologies as a new way to check on methane releases. But it's too soon to know if they'll settle the emissions modeling debate.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    PPRC 2021: What's next for HDPE, PET, OCC and mixed paper markets

    Conference speakers predicted mostly favorable near-term demand for commodities due to e-commerce trends and brand commitments. Yet some worried that new PCR laws could put too much pressure on pricing.

    By Nov. 2, 2021
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    Tracking the industry: US waste and recycling info hub

    Keep up on some of the most essential developments around M&A, ESG pledges, federal and state policy, PFAS regulations, quarterly earnings results and more with Waste Dive's unique trackers and ongoing in-depth coverage.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 23, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage for US waste and recycling companies

    Catch up on Waste Dive's quarterly analysis of results from Waste Management, Republic Services, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental and others during 2021.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: Waste Connections

    For the industry's third-largest company, 2021 has continued a trend of heightened M&A activity, new ESG investments and ongoing pandemic recovery in multiple markets.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: Republic Services

    Amid a leadership transition in 2021, the industry's second-largest player has ramped up spending related to ESG efforts and M&A, including the acquisition of Santek Waste Services and ACV Enviro.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    2021 earnings coverage: Waste Management

    The North American industry's largest company has been focused on integrating Advanced Disposal Services, ramping up recycling investments and maneuvering through pandemic effects throughout the year.

    By Waste Dive Team • Nov. 1, 2021
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    Q3 earnings: A complex economic recovery continues, with M&A spending on the rise

    Inflation and labor were also cited as notable challenges during recent reports. Catch up on our takeaways from key public companies.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 4, 2021
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    WCN 2021 earnings

    Waste Connections acquisitions worth $240M in revenue through Q3, at least $100M more anticipated

    The company upped its outlook thanks to economic recovery trends and M&A but reported inflationary pressures. CEO Worthing Jackman also described potential vaccine mandates as a notable labor headwind.

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    High aluminum prices, supply chain issues create 'best of times and the worst of times' for recyclers

    The light metal has soared out of a slump, with UBC pricing strong and sustainability goals driving demand, yet operators such as Virginia's TFC Recycling say transportation difficulties make it hard to capitalize on that.

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    Wave of investment just the beginning for EV battery recycling

    Within the last month, four lithium-ion battery recyclers saw a collective $255 million worth of investment and another completed a merger. As existing EV batteries age out and new vehicles hit the market, the demand is growing fast.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 27, 2021
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    Plastic's GHG emissions could outpace those from coal by 2030: report

    New research from nonprofit Beyond Plastics takes a critical look at the plastics industry's climate effects, with renewed criticism of chemical recycling. Major plastics trade groups pushed back on the report.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 25, 2021
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    Oregon's new landfill methane emissions rules now strictest in the country

    Most sites fall under the new state rule, which requires additional monitoring, testing and permitting requirements based on size. The plan goes further than some federal regulations and could serve as a template for other states.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    11 CFO tips for riding the rising tide in ESG activism

    CFOs eager to steer clear of shareholder activists should publicly embrace sustainability despite flaws in the measurement of best practices.

    By Jim Tyson • Oct. 20, 2021
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    California beverage makers struggle to meet upcoming recycled content requirements

    Bottlers must use at least 15% postconsumer resin in plastic containers by 2022, and more from there, but a recent CalRecycle report shows many haven't yet hit the mark. PET supply and a strained redemption system are key factors.

    By Jacob Wallace • Sept. 30, 2021
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    Loop reusable packaging system expands beyond e-commerce to new stores, including Kroger

    TerraCycle's Loop says the new offerings will make it easier for consumers to reduce waste, but industry experts say the program is just one small step toward scaling up reuse systems in a circular economy.

    By Sept. 28, 2021
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    Q&A

    Upstream CEO sees huge potential in burgeoning reuse-refill sector, including for haulers

    Matt Prindiville, head of a nonprofit focused on holistic waste solutions, is at the center of discussions with brands and activists alike about not just relying on recycling to create a more circular economy.

    By Sept. 23, 2021
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    Wastequip commits to further reducing its virgin resin use

    The approach to slashing 25% of virgin resin from the cart manufacturing process emphasizes increasing recycled plastics in Toter carts, extending carts' years of use and telling customers the recycled content in each product.

    By Sept. 22, 2021
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    Covanta, Casella, Vanguard Renewables and others continue the conversation at virtual WasteExpo

    The event included insight on industry discussions such as EPR, environmental justice, waste-to-energy, climate change, recycling and technology.

    By , , Sept. 17, 2021