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    Deep Dive // NYC commercial waste reform

    Los Angeles had a rocky commercial waste zone rollout but is seeing results. What’s in store for New York?

    New York has big goals for its zone system to boost diversion rates, infrastructure investment and labor standards. First, the city and haulers must navigate a transition process that one LA official called “six months of hell.”

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    National Sword kicked off a wave of MRF investments. 5 years later, tech and funding continue to advance.

    While the initial shock led facility operators to scramble, many have since invested millions in new equipment to improve material quality. Now, brand commitments and state policies are expected to be the next big market drivers.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    US job growth tempered in August as waste management and remediation added 2.3K employees

    After big increases in July, the pace of U.S. job growth in August slowed, and overall unemployment grew. For waste collection, MRFs and landfill workers, month-to-month results in August remained stronger than average.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
  • NLRB proposes return to broad joint employer rule

    The regulation, which stems from organizing efforts at a Republic Services MRF, has been the subject of a political ping-pong match for years.

    By Emilie Shumway • Sept. 7, 2022
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    ‘Like holding a bronco back’: Pro Disposal charts a path for controlled growth in South Carolina

    President Alex Cano and investors explained how a new disposal acquisition sets the company up for further growth in the Charleston, South Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, corridor.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    3 takeaways from Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech

    The central bank chief hinted at continued aggressive interest rate hikes, said "some" economic pain now was preferable to more of it later, and invoked his predecessors in a warning about expectations.

    By Dan Ennis • Aug. 29, 2022
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    With sponsored CDL training, city waste leaders hope ‘if you build it, they will come’

    Facing significant vacancies in public works roles, Indianapolis and Lubbock, Texas, are some of the latest cities to pay for CDLs, GED completion or other training for job requirements.

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    Waste Connections acquiring 3 franchise haulers around San Jose, California

    The newly confirmed transactions involving haulers that service San Jose, Milpitas and Livermore, California, all come with long-term municipal contracts that fit the company’s acquisition strategy.

    By Updated Aug. 25, 2022
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    Deep Dive // NYC commercial waste reform

    New York commercial waste haulers hold their breath after submitting bids for 10-year contracts

    Bids are in to operate in the Department of Sanitation’s upcoming commercial waste zone system. Haulers of all sizes are waiting to learn their fates while operating under lingering pandemic and inflationary pressures.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    Q&A // Environmental justice conversations

    Ya Fav Trashman fights illegal dumping with cleanups and social media

    Terrill Haigler, a former Philadelphia sanitation worker, has become a rising star in the waste world. He discusses his new children’s book about the profession, “I’m Cool Too,” and how street cleanliness is an environmental justice issue.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Where the Teamsters are looking to grow their ranks in waste and recycling

    General President Sean O’Brien’s “militant” approach is reportedly influencing discussions with employers and members alike as the waste industry’s biggest union looks to expand its reach.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Republic Services ESG reports call out growing risks from extreme heat, rainfall

    These chronic climate risks could interrupt business, diminish productivity, risk worker safety and damage facilities, according to analysis in two 2021 ESG reports the company recently released.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    Recession or not, waste and recycling companies say outlooks remain strong

    Regardless of the direction of the economy, industry execs on earnings calls pointed to waste volume trends, wage rates, price increase acceptance, and experience with past downturns to express confidence.

    By , , Aug. 8, 2022
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    Waste worker head counts increase in better-than-expected July jobs report

    The employment data release followed two weeks of industry earnings reports in which discussions of hiring struggles were less prominent than they were in previous quarters.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    Stericycle bounces back in Q2 after slow start to the year

    CEO Cindy Miller says a stronger labor pool, pricing levers and new infrastructure efficiency projects such as an automated sharps processing system will help improve business for the rest of 2022.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Republic Services eyes $600M in 2022 acquisition spending outside of US Ecology

    With the recently purchased environmental solutions business delivering on planned cost savings, Republic’s future pipeline will focus primarily on recycling and solid waste transactions, execs said during their earnings call.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Q2 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.

    Updated Aug. 10, 2022
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    Clean Harbors says industrial reshoring is helping waste pipeline, reports Georgia acquisition

    The environmental services company saw significant growth in its latest results, touting signs it thinks will continue in the months ahead. During their earnings call, executives also discussed capacity expansion, PFAS and ESG impacts.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
  • Appeals court sends Browning-Ferris joint employer orders back to NLRB

    The ruling comes as the agency reportedly is preparing new joint employment regulations. The original case relates back to organizing efforts led by temporary workers at a Republic Services subsidiary’s MRF in California.

    By Kate Tornone • Aug. 2, 2022
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    GFL Environmental largely overcomes inflation through pricing and fuel charges, raises 2022 revenue guidance

    Executives outlined ongoing efforts to recover direct fuel costs, similar to existing programs by major competitors, and shared an updated outlook on acquisition strategy given the inflationary environment.

    By July 28, 2022
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    WM raises 2022 guidance, plans to restart notable M&A spending

    CEO Jim Fish said during the company’s July 27 earnings call that even if an economic slowdown occurs, WM is well-positioned to gain market share. New investments in RNG projects and MRF automation are also progressing.

    By July 27, 2022
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    Nashville approves $13.5M in new collection contracts with Platform Waste, Waste Pro

    The new contracts are the latest ripple effect from Red River’s service issues in recent months. They follow emergency contracts the city approved with WM and Waste Pro earlier this year.

    By July 22, 2022
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    Fueled by new Clairvest investment, Boston Carting has many plans for the 'hottest market in the country'

    CEO Patsy Sperduto, along with investors from Ironwood Capital and Laurel Mountain Partners, talk about future development and acquisition plans for the fast-growing company following a recapitalization.

    By July 21, 2022
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    Republic Services reports on progress toward 2030 climate goals, restates emissions accounting

    The company says it’s on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost recovery of certain “key materials,” with more electric vehicles on the way. It has also begun using an industry-created emissions standard.

    By Updated July 22, 2022
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    Citing weak enforcement, advocates pitch $100M OSHA funding increase

    A budgetary expansion of that size would be roughly five times greater than what OSHA received in the most recent Congressional spending bill.

    By Ryan Golden • July 13, 2022