Environmental, Social and Governance: Page 2


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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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    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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    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
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    Global treaty aims to tackle plastic pollution through its full life cycle, including waste and recycling

    ISRI, NWRA, SWANA and others expect the landmark treaty to affect high-level operations, but the details won't be known until 2024.

    By Updated March 3, 2022
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    CEO says longevity sets Ameresco apart in the landfill gas-to-energy space

    A 20-plus-year reputation and broad range of clients — including municipalities, military bases and private companies — will keep the company going as competition ramps up in the waste sector, executives said.

    By March 2, 2022
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    Coors Light to begin global shift from 6-pack plastic rings in 2022

    Molson Coors will spend $85 million to start the transition to cardboard-wrap carriers for the brew while upgrading machinery so its entire North American portfolio can use the material by the end of 2025.

    By Christopher Doering • March 1, 2022
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    SEC to take hard stand against corporate 'greenwashing'

    The SEC soon plans to propose rules for sustainability disclosure standards that will feature detailed guidelines for reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, according to SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee.

    By Jim Tyson • Feb. 24, 2022
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    The pandemic pushed paper markets to record levels. How long will those prices continue?

    Fiber markets soared in 2021, thanks in large part to the pandemic's e-commerce boom. Now, billions of dollars in infrastructure investments are coming online and demand is expected to remain strong.

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    3 takeaways from GWMS on the future of environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions and leachate at landfills

    Landfill operators, consultants and researchers shared the latest trends they're following at last week's biennial event. Microplastics were called out as an emerging contaminant of concern, akin to how PFAS science has evolved.

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    Casella lays out 2024 strategy, touts Northeast disposal projects and Boston MRF upgrade

    After years of M&A, the Vermont-based company is on track to approach $1 billion in revenue for 2022. Executives said they have wide flexibility to adjust prices amid inflation and outlined multiple areas for growth.

    By Feb. 18, 2022
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    Q4 earnings: Waste companies close out 2021 with inflation offset plans, sizable M&A activity, ESG spending

    Pricing strategies are helping mitigate inflationary pressures, labor remains a challenge, MRF investment is growing and renewable natural gas projects at landfills are on the rise. Catch up on our takeaways from key public companies.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Feb. 18, 2022
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    Republic Services CEO talks what's next after the US Ecology transaction

    Jon Vander Ark elaborated on Republic's environmental services expansion in terms of next steps to close the deal, a strategic review of market areas, potential capital investments, PFAS opportunities, future M&A and more.

    By Feb. 18, 2022
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    Waste Connections closes 2021 with more than $1B in M&A spending, sees path to $10B in revenue

    The company says it's prepared to handle pressures around inflation, labor and other issues. It also closed 30 deals last year and sees more to come, following an active start to 2022.

    By Feb. 17, 2022
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    WM drops 'waste' from its name, frames ESG approach at annual sustainability forum

    The newly rebranded industry giant described itself as a "circular logistics operator" that is part of a "renewable energy revolution." Plus, panelists spoke on economics, circularity, climate justice, diversity, leadership and more.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    Waste Connections' James Little calls for faster action on PFAS management, investment in RNG at landfills

    Speaking at the Global Waste Management Symposium, Little expressed optimism about the industry's ability to meet ESG goals, despite environmental and regulatory challenges, and touted landfills as renewable energy producers.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    As compost volumes grow, policy and research help boost market expansion

    Composters are continuously exploring market options as organics recycling expands. Transportation projects, carbon sequestration, green roofs and cannabis farming are among many opportunities.

    By Feb. 14, 2022
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    Republic Services highlights 'both and' approach to grow solid waste, environmental solutions segments

    On its fourth quarter and full-year 2021 earnings call, the industry's second-largest player touted a bundled services approach as part of the pending US Ecology buyout and said spending will continue across both businesses.

    By Feb. 11, 2022