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    City Haul: Federal pandemic funds offer rare opportunity for waste and recycling investments

    Climate and cleanliness goals, plus worker safety concerns, help sanitation projects compete for flexible American Rescue Plan funds, as localities also await next steps on the rollout of recycling grants through the infrastructure law.

    By May 24, 2022
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    Willie Goode, founder of multiple DC-area waste companies, reflects on 30 years in business

    After starting out on the back of a truck, the CEO of Maryland-based Goode Cos. has since grown a multi-company portfolio. He reflects on what it took to get there, a tough contract experience in Florida and what's next.

    By May 23, 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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    How top waste companies are competing around M&A, recycling, inflation and labor

    Hear what executives from Casella Waste Systems, Coastal Waste & Recycling, LRS, Republic Services, USA Hauling & Recycling, Waste Connections and others had to say about key trends at WasteExpo.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Dispatches from WasteExpo Day 1: Latinx business leaders, mobile collection apps and PFAS in biosolids

    The industry's largest event kicked off with sessions focused on the link between diversity and sustainability, young rising leaders, fleet technology rollouts, a notable new PFAS law in Maine and more.

    By , , May 10, 2022
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    Republic Services plugs US Ecology-driven expansion, Archaea RNG deal

    After finalizing the $2.2 billion US Ecology acquisition, Republic said it has another $400 million worth of solid waste and recycling deals "in the advanced stages of closing" and is eyeing tuck-ins in environmental solutions.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Preparing for wave of pandemic-related wrongful death, personal injury lawsuits

    The first such case, involving a woman who claims her husband died after she brought home the coronavirus from on-site work during the lockdown, has been cleared to proceed to trial. 

    By Robert Freedman • May 5, 2022
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    GFL Environmental's momentum continues with 21 deals, further potential to recover fuel costs

    Following the Sprint purchase, executives anticipate further M&A opportunities. They were also optimistic in an earnings call about further potential from recovering Canadian volumes, price increases and lower labor turnover.

    By May 5, 2022
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    Clean Harbors Q1 boosted by HydroChem PSC deal, growing environmental services demand

    Executives touted plans for an upcoming Nebraska incinerator and are optimistic about gaining further ground in a market that has become more consolidated following Republic's purchase of US Ecology.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Q1 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.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Updated May 6, 2022
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    Casella forecasts $1B in annual revenue, growing M&A pipeline

    The Northeastern company reported a positive quarter despite facility construction setbacks, inflation issues and lower landfill volumes. It also previewed upward of $500 million in potential acquisition opportunities.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Stericycle reports challenging Q1, detailing recovery from labor and inflation headwinds

    As it saw a decline in pandemic-related waste, Stericycle experienced its most acute period of driver illnesses yet. The company also previewed a new medical waste facility and closed out a $90 million corruption settlement.

    By April 28, 2022
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    WM describes 'conservative' approach on M&A, sees strong Q1 price and volume trends

    Executives at the industry's top company kicked off earnings season with updates on efforts to offset inflation, reduce head count through automation and focus more on ESG investments than on big acquisitions.

    By April 26, 2022
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    OSHA wants to make injury data public, but employers fear a PR nightmare

    Employers also could face increased union activity, one employment law attorney said. The proposed regulations are similar to an Obama-era rule that the Trump administration ultimately rescinded.

    By Carla Bell and Kate Tornone • April 25, 2022
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    Republic shareholders vote down civil rights and EJ proposals after Teamsters-backed vote passes at WM

    The Teamsters and investment firm Parnassus previously said independent audits could clarify progress on corporate ESG and DEI goals. The companies have said they already provide needed data on the issues, therefore audits are unnecessary.

    By Updated May 19, 2022
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    M&A trends, DEI improvements and the future of electronics repair are the talk of NERC conference

    At a virtual Northeast Recycling Council event, the DOJ weighed in on its antitrust review process, panelists discussed "rethinking our internal structures" on DEI and electronics repair advocates celebrated state legislative progress.

    By Updated April 29, 2022
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    Here comes the sun: OSHA launches new program for heat safety

    The agency will inspect the jobsites of over 70 high-risk industries in indoor and outdoor settings when the National Weather Service issues a heat warning or advisory for a local area.

    By Zachary Phillips • April 14, 2022
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    In need of skilled talent, 'clean tech' employers prioritize purpose

    "The biggest piece of it is to know the company you're working for," said Sue Wingert, vice president of human resources at RoadRunner Recycling.

    By Ryan Golden • April 8, 2022
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    White House credits apprenticeships, outreach for trucker employment gains

    Domino's, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Albertsons and UPS are among more than 100 employers that have launched programs to improve driver retention since December.

    By Colin Campbell • April 4, 2022
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    Solid waste worker deaths down 46% in 2021, SWANA reports

    SWANA reported 28 industry fatalities in North America during 2021, with most of the deaths among collection workers. Vehicle-related deaths remain prevalent among workers and members of the public alike.

    By March 22, 2022
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    City Haul: Inside top issues facing municipal waste leaders

    How are waste agencies dealing with labor constraints? What do leaders tell residents who doubt the recycling system? Who are some of the new faces steering local U.S. operations? Catch up on past editions of City Haul.

    By Updated May 24, 2022
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    Republic Services manager files EEOC charge after company denied allegedly-promised promotion

    The complaint alleges the company "went in a different direction" by selecting "a white male with far less experience," after the Georgia employee was previously "paraded around" as an example of diversity.

    By Emilie Shumway • 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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    Bonuses, balance and respect: What will it take to attract more waste and recycling job applicants?

    Industry employers Republic, Casella and WIN Waste, as well as recruiters and other partners, talked through the do's and don'ts of job postings, hiring processes and creating attractive workplaces during recent SWANA events.

    By March 7, 2022
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    Workforce disclosures surge amid pressure for diversity

    Although companies are revealing more about employee race and ethnicity, their reports are not standardized and are often spotty, JUST Capital said.

    By Jim Tyson • March 4, 2022
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    CDC adopts new masking guidelines. What does that mean for employers?

    This shift "will result in most Americans no longer being advised to wear masks in indoor public settings," according to one law firm.

    By Kathryn Moody • March 1, 2022