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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2023

    What you need to know on industry trends to watch, the hiring landscape, fleet maintenance and more to come as the new year gets underway.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Jan. 20, 2023
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    Lag times, labor shortfalls and leasing: What’s affecting waste fleet management in 2023

    Some supply chain issues that have made it harder to procure trucks and parts could ease, but skilled maintenance workers are still in high demand. Leasing is looking more attractive to some customers.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    As some labor strains ease, the waste and recycling industry has further opportunity to grow its ranks

    Pandemic-era labor challenges for the waste industry are persisting three years later. Read what experts from Stifel, SWANA, the Teamsters and the Women in Trucking Association think could help.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    6 waste and recycling trends to watch in 2023

    The effects of ongoing M&A, the biogas boom, and regulatory and financial debates around plastics are among the most complex topics on Waste Dive’s radar in the new year.

    By , , Jan. 12, 2023
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    Traffic fatalities dipped in 2022 while pedestrian and cyclist deaths rose: NHTSA

    An estimated 31,785 people died in traffic crashes from January to September. Despite improvements in some areas, safety advocates noted concerning trends faced by pedestrians and cyclists. 

    By Dan Zukowski • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Number of waste workers grew faster than broader US jobs category over 2022

    The number of people employed in the U.S. waste management and remediation services sector totaled 480,500 at the end of 2022, up roughly 3.85% since December 2021.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    By the numbers: 2022 waste and recycling trends with implications for 2023

    Key data points on some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, inflation and policy — that illustrate another eventful year for the industry.

    By , , Jan. 4, 2023
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    Top interviews with waste and recycling leaders in 2022

    Read some of the year’s most popular conversations with CEOs from Republic Services, WIN Waste Innovations, LRS and Vanguard Renewables, as well as leaders from WM, the U.S. EPA and other organizations.

    Dec. 22, 2022
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    With safety improvements, waste and recycling collection fell to the 7th deadliest job in 2021: BLS

    The rate of fatal injuries decreased in solid waste collection in 2021. Its ranking compared with other dangerous jobs comes after a span as the fifth or sixth deadliest occupation.

    By Updated Dec. 19, 2022
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    Waste and recycling M&A is as active as ever. What’s driving sellers to exit the industry?

    Experts from Comerica Bank and Houlihan Lokey, along with speakers at the Corporate Growth Conference, share insights on how the deal environment has evolved in 2022.

    By Updated Dec. 8, 2022
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    The US waste and recycling industry in 2022 — what you need to know

    Stories on M&A, recycling policy and organics recycling expansion — and how the economy and environmental justice considerations are shaping the industry’s path forward — have driven the news this year.

    Dec. 5, 2022
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    Zero waste and job creation go hand in hand, activists say

    Zero waste jobs are opportunities to support workers from overburdened communities, according to speakers at the National Zero Waste Conference, but they must prioritize circular economy and environmental justice principles.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    GFL launches first ESG targets, aiming to reduce GHG emissions 15% by 2030

    The Canada-based company’s first set of detailed targets comes after its landfill portfolio has doubled in recent years. GFL is focusing on renewable natural gas projects as well as alternative fuel vehicles in the years ahead.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    How Redbox+ Dumpsters aims to grow its roll-off business in recession-resilient segments of construction

    Doug Smith, senior vice president of franchise development at Belfor Franchise Group, discussed recent trends regarding demand for roll-off containers and what’s attracting new franchisees to the business.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    3 tips on building more inclusive recycling and waste programs for underserved communities

    Speakers at the recent National Recycling Congress shared outreach and funding tips for communities where English is not the primary language, services are inconvenient or nonexistent or other systemic barriers exist.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Rubicon announces layoffs, debt restructuring to stabilize company

    The waste broker was previously facing serious liquidity issues, with $102.6 million worth of debt once set to mature in November. A software deal with Palantir Technologies was cited among its notable costs.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Injury and illness rates for waste workers hit ‘historic’ low in 2021

    SWANA says the decreased rates for workers on collection routes, as well as in MRFs and at landfill sites, are at their lowest since 2006.

    By Updated Nov. 11, 2022
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    Waste execs pull back the curtain on inflation-driven pricing strategies

    Leaders from LRS, Casella Waste Systems, Waste Pro, Denali Water Solutions and more shared their strategies during the Corporate Growth Conference.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    GFL Q3 revenue jumps, ESG targets to come this month

    GFL Environmental’s revenue bump came amid economic headwinds and notable costs related to fuel, trucks and MRF fires, as discussed on its earnings call Thursday.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    Clean Harbors names co-CEOs in first major leadership change since its founding

    Founder Alan McKim, who has led the environmental services company for 42 years, said he’ll still help drive M&A strategy and will pass off current responsibilities to multiple leaders.

    By Nov. 2, 2022
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    Waste Connections reports a decline in GHG emissions despite acquisitions, sets new ESG targets

    The company plans investments in RNG facilities, MRFs and electric collection vehicles as well as new goals to cut Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 15%, building on a recent decline of 7%, it said in its 2022 sustainability report.

    By Oct. 31, 2022
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    Q3 earnings results for major waste and recycling companies

    Follow the latest round of financial results from WM, Republic Services, Casella Waste Systems, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental and more.

    Updated Dec. 1, 2022
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    Casella reports 13 acquisitions in 2022, sees M&A opportunity in potential recession

    The Vermont-based company said its pricing and fee strategy have worked well in a tight economic environment. Executives also previewed upcoming plans for acquisition and landfill expansion spending.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Environmental justice voices in the waste and recycling industry

    Catch up on these Q&A conversations with experts from the U.S. EPA, Ya Fav Trashman, Detroit Dirt and others on how the waste and recycling industry can play a role in environmental justice efforts.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Casella narrows ESG focus to 5 key targets for 2030

    The Vermont-based company previously set 10 ESG targets in its 2020 report but has narrowed the focus to five key metrics related to emissions reduction, recycling volumes, fleet efficiency and more.

    By Oct. 27, 2022