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    Supreme Court upholds stay on OSHA's vaccine mandate

    The justices opted to dissolve injunctions placed on a separate vaccination mandate for healthcare workers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    8 questions about the top trends shaping waste and recycling in 2022

    Waste Dive is watching how much longer heightened M&A activity lasts, what it will take to maintain the workforce in a tough market, where organics infrastructure is growing, what’s next for recycling and more.

    By , , Jan. 13, 2022
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    Stakeholders urge Supreme Court to act fast on OSHA mandate

    Stakeholders from all sides hoped the court would have a ruling before the emergency temporary standard's Jan. 10 enforcement date.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Jan. 10, 2022
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    Omicron spread disrupts US waste and recycling operations as 2022 begins

    Unlike previous COVID-19 surges that struck more regionally, the latest wave appears to be wreaking havoc on staff availability across the country. Dallas and Detroit are among the latest cities affected.

    By Updated Jan. 7, 2022
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    BLS documents record number of quits in November

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported 4.5 million quits during the month in an indication that the "Great Resignation" has yet to slow.

    By Emilie Shumway • Jan. 6, 2022
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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    US Supreme Court sets Jan. 7 hearing on vaccine mandates for employers

    The high court is consolidating appeals regarding court-ordered stays placed on two of the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 23, 2021
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    How the pandemic impacted waste and recycling workforces in 2021

    The arrival of vaccines brought new considerations for employees and employers, while shifts in the broader U.S. workforce created new challenges for hiring and retention.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    By the numbers: 2021's waste and recycling trends

    Take a look back through the key data points that shaped the conversations around some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, policy and workforce challenges — in an eventful year.

    By , , Dec. 23, 2021
  • Meera Joshi to step down from FMCSA as leadership vacancy persists

    Joshi has been in the Senate confirmation process for months to become head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a position that's been vacant since Ray Martinez stepped down in October 2019.

    By S.L. Fuller • Dec. 20, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Frustrated by collection worker deaths, industry groups target distracted driving

    Waste and recycling groups believe distracted driving and cellphone usage are key factors in the fatalities. A lack of data on crash causes and disagreements on how to solve the problem have stalled meaningful solutions.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    OSHA vaccine mandate is back on for now as appeals court dissolves stay

    In an update on its website following the court's decision, OSHA said it would resume implementing the ETS but delay enforcement.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Dec. 20, 2021
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    Fatalities continued to fall in 2020, but waste collection workers still had 6th deadliest US job

    BLS data shows collection workers had a safer year than they did in 2019, but MRF and landfill worker deaths rose slightly. Industry associations hope more safety programs and education will help drive numbers down.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Federal agencies to revisit overtime, joint employment rules in 2022

    The U.S. Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board will propose updates in the coming months, according to a government to-do list.

    By Kate Tornone • Dec. 11, 2021
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    New York sanitation experts urge incoming mayor to rethink, modernize collection system

    The city's sidewalks are infamous for their mountains of garbage bags and rodents. A new "Put Waste to Work" campaign says containerization, route optimization and organics collection should be top priorities.

    By Updated Dec. 6, 2021
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    Timeline: What's next for the OSHA vaccine mandate litigation?

    The Supreme Court would have to go "pedal to the metal" to rule on the ETS before its expiration date, one source told HR Dive.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 2, 2021
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    Little for CFOs to like in Build Back Better tax provisions

    Even if the Senate softens the legislation, companies can expect to see more complicated tax compliance and a potential excise tax on stock buybacks.

    By Robert Freedman • Nov. 29, 2021
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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Waste and recycling employers prepping for OSHA coronavirus requirements amid legal holdups

    A Jan. 4 deadline for vaccinations or weekly testing has been halted, but the industry is still closely reviewing the standard, with attention to provisions such as an exemption for outdoor workers, which could apply to certain job types.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York aims to launch commercial waste zones in 2022, sector's largest change in decades

    A long-anticipated RFP kicks off a process that could see coveted 10-year contracts awarded by next summer. Fifty companies have qualified to bid, including Waste Management, Waste Connections and Action Environmental.

    By Nov. 17, 2021
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    How US recycling programs make it work from coast to coast

    Professionals working in multifamily city buildings, drop-off sites in tribal nations and programs in more isolated island areas weigh in on what's working, and what's still challenging, when it comes to recycling in 2021.

    By , , Nov. 15, 2021
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    Opinion

    The dirty truth about the waste industry's 'labor shortage'

    Chuck Stiles, director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division of the Teamsters union, says the industry's issue with recruiting and retaining workers comes down to insufficient wages, benefits and respect.

    By Chuck Stiles • Nov. 9, 2021
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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    Court stays employer vaccine mandate

    The 5th Circuit ordered a stay on OSHA's vaccination policy due to "grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate."

    By Kathryn Moody • Updated Nov. 8, 2021
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    What waste industry CEOs said about the labor market during Q3 earnings calls

    Casella, GFL, Republic, Waste Connections and Waste Management addressed the impact of labor constraints on their ability to take on new business, the role of automation, and related pricing changes and costs.

    By Nov. 5, 2021
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    Solid waste collection, landfill workers saw injury rate drop in 2020: BLS data

    Focus on infection prevention in the coronavirus pandemic's first year, when illness cases spiked, may have increased attention to everyday safety messages as well. At the same time, incidence rates for MRF workers rose.

    By Nov. 4, 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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    COVID-19 vaccinations

    OSHA sets Jan. 4 deadline for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines

    The Biden administration's move has been widely described as a major development for large U.S. workplaces.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Nov. 4, 2021