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  • A student works on a collection vehicle at the Republic Services Technical Institute in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
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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
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    Q&A

    Casella president outlines growth plans for mid-Atlantic and other priorities

    Ned Coletta, roughly six months into his role as president, is working on multiple aspects of the company’s strategy. He recently shared updates on disposal capacity, PFAS treatment, RNG projects, training and more.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Q&A

    Waste Pro leaders talk employee training and growth plans in the Southeast

    CEO Sean Jennings and COO Keith Banasiak say offerings like CDL and technician schools, plus a focus on customer service and selective acquisitions, could help them hit the $2 billion revenue mark in a few years. 

    By May 14, 2024
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    Mittelstaedt touts ‘significant’ labor improvements after returning as Waste Connections CEO

    The company is making major labor and retention changes, investing in internal training and hiring and reducing voluntary turnover, CEO Ron Mittelstaedt said during WasteExpo.

    By May 13, 2024
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    4 ways safety managers recommend building trust with front-line workers

    Better employee engagement comes from everyday interactions with workers, said safety leaders from Casella Waste Systems, GFL Environmental, Lytx, Republic Services and Waste Connections during a panel at WasteExpo.

    By May 10, 2024
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    GFL eyes new opportunities in Canada amid improving cash outlook

    Revenues outperformed expectations and costs improved in the first quarter of the year, executives said, leading to an updated outlook for the company for the full year.

    By May 2, 2024
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    Stericycle reports progress on workforce and fleet optimization plan, touts new document service

    The company reported margin improvement from various cost saving measures, and shared construction updates for an upcoming incinerator project in Nevada.

    By April 26, 2024
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    NWRA hires industry veteran Hoffman as next CEO

    Michael E. Hoffman, a longtime financial analyst who currently works at Stifel, is taking on the lead role at the industry’s largest trade association.

    By April 26, 2024
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    WM credits cost savings, strong EBITDA margins for positive Q1

    CEO Jim Fish said the company “outperformed our own high expectations” for Q1 through cost savings in labor and operations. Expiring RNG tax credits and anticipated MRF upgrade costs are expected to become headwinds.

    By April 25, 2024
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    Waste Connections seeing labor retention improvements as it eyes ‘record’ M&A year

    The company reported better-than-expected revenue for a quarter which included a sizable acquisition in Indiana. CEO Ron Mittelstaedt also shared updated thoughts on how PFAS regulations will affect the sector.

    By April 25, 2024
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    Labor Department will raise overtime salary threshold to $44K in July, $59K next year

    The final rule expands overtime pay eligibility to millions of U.S. workers, the department said, and covers employees working in the waste management sector.

    By Ryan Golden • April 24, 2024
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    The data on climate change’s link to employee deaths, injuries

    Exposure to extreme heat, ultraviolet radiation and air pollution poses a serious threat to workers globally, the International Labour Organization said.

    By Ryan Golden • April 22, 2024
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    LRS hires more C-suite execs as company refocuses under new leadership

    LRS also underwent a recent round of layoffs, citing "ongoing integration efforts." The changes come after the Macquarie-backed company completed restructuring plans following a period of rapid growth through acquisitions.

    By April 4, 2024
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    CMI calls for bottle bill policies that prioritize EJ, informal recycling communities

    A Can Manufacturers Institute report calls for container deposit systems that are convenient and inclusive for more kinds of users, particularly informal recyclers, unhoused people and immigrants.

    By March 20, 2024
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    Q&A

    SWANA CEO envisions collaborative environment to build safety, culture

    Amy Lestition Burke, SWANA’s new CEO, says building partnerships can make the industry and the organization stronger and better resourced to take on climate change and an evolving workforce.

    By March 19, 2024
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    NWRA, partner’s new safety program aimed at smaller haulers

    NWRA and Together for Safer Roads are partnering to offer online training for companies with less than 100 trucks, which often don’t have the same resources as bigger competitors.

    By March 4, 2024
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    Stericycle to continue workforce reduction plans, incinerator construction

    Stericycle reported a continued focus on efficiency and cost savings during its Q4 earnings call, including more ERP system rollouts and eight divestitures.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    RSG 2023 earnings

    Republic reports strong core business growth in 2023, eyes new opportunities in 2024

    The company surpassed its full-year guidance as core pricing and average yield increased in the fourth quarter. Republic expects additional opportunities, including those related to PFAS, to fuel growth in 2024.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Rubicon trims workforce, including COO, as part of profitability plan

    The move is part of an ongoing effort to achieve profitability since the broker and technology company went public in 2022. At a recent event, CEO Phil Rodoni said Rubicon was at “the precipice” of becoming profitable soon.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    GFL 2023 earnings

    GFL posts record solid waste pricing, sees expansion opportunities through EPR and M&A

    Continued strong pricing, combined with volume shedding of subpar contracts, contributed to margin expansion in solid waste. That trend combines with other tailwinds as GFL continues to improve its debt.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    CWST 2023 earnings

    Casella says acquisition activity, safety improvements marked an ‘exceptional’ year

    Casella touted a successful year from numerous acquisitions and operational improvements. Executives previewed further infrastructure upgrades at the Willimantic recycling facility, plus a $800M acquisition pipeline for 2024.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    5 issues to watch as New York reshapes its commercial waste system

    Many questions remain about how companies were selected, how much recycling investment will occur, how soon companies get electric vehicles, when implementation will begin and more.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    WCN 2023 earnings

    Waste Connections highlights ‘disciplined execution’ for Q4 and recovering labor trends

    CEO Ron Mittelstaedt characterized 2023 as a “year of renewal” and applauded strong acquisition activity and improved safety and retention.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    WM 2023 earnings

    WM touts sustainability spending, ‘strong’ operations growth to wrap up Q4

    Executives credited price and cost-saving measures for Q4 earnings growth and said the company will invest up to $2.9B in its recycling and renewable energy platforms through 2026.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    NYC containerization

    New York to pilot automated collection of large containers for high-density buildings

    DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch described this as the biggest advance for local waste collection technology in decades as the city continues its push toward containerization and limiting manual collection.

    By Feb. 1, 2024