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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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    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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    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
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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York City awards historic commercial waste zone contracts ahead of September transition

    Action Environmental and Waste Connections each netted more than a dozen contracts. Other locally based companies also received multiple awards.

    By Updated Jan. 30, 2024
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    The waste and recycling industry outlook for 2024

    Recycling policy, PFAS regulations, landfill methane, organics infrastructure and M&A are all expected to be key topics for the year ahead.

    By Waste Dive Staff • Jan. 29, 2024
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    Biden renominates Julie Su as labor secretary

    Su’s nomination stalled in the Senate for 10 months, meeting opposition from Republican senators and business groups.

    By Ginger Christ • Jan. 10, 2024
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    2023: A year of waste and recycling leadership changes

    NWRA, SWANA, Waste Connections, WIN Waste Innovations, LRS, DTG Recycle and others all announced notable changes for key leadership roles.

    By Waste Dive Staff • Dec. 28, 2023
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    By the numbers: Key 2023 waste and recycling trends

    Look back on the year through data points on issues such as labor, M&A, federal funding, state policy and commodity pricing.

    By , , Dec. 22, 2023
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    Los Angeles commercial waste system at a crossroads amid contract renegotiation

    The recycLA program has seen positive results, but haulers are lagging on diversion targets and organics service. The city, while trying to amend the program, could issue a new RFP or even take over service itself.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Waste worker fatality rate decreased in 2022, but waste remains seventh deadliest job: BLS

    It’s the third year in a row that fatality rates for the sector decreased, though MRF fatalities increased in 2022.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Q&A

    Women’s leadership a key to stronger waste workforce, networking groups say

    Rachel Oster and Melissa Young, two professionals that help lead the women’s leadership groups WISR and W4R, say connecting women at every level of the industry will create stronger companies and organizations.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    Next Summit Digital: Conversations on the future of fleet operations

    Rubicon’s four-part webinar series brings its annual technology summit to the masses.

    Dec. 4, 2023
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    Stericycle sets net zero GHG goal in latest sustainability report

    The company aims to achieve a net zero scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions goal by 2050 and reduce its injury rate through new driver training and other improvements.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Has the waste and recycling industry’s multiyear M&A boom peaked?

    Experts from Stifel, Houlihan Lokey, Comerica Bank, Raymond James, Waste Connections and others weigh in on the latest trends involving valuations, private equity, environmental services, antitrust and more.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Waste Connections’ Mittelstaedt talks industry changes, improvements during time away from CEO job

    Ron Mittelstaedt discussed how trends in sustainability, technology and investor interest are “rapidly changing” the waste industry during a session at the Corporate Growth Conference.

    By Nov. 21, 2023
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    Teamsters continue labor fight in Republic Services’ backyard

    The union is facing an uphill battle as it attempts to negotiate its first contract for 286 employees across three unionized Republic yards in the Phoenix area.

    By Nov. 20, 2023
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    Mack Trucks workers vote to ratify 5-year UAW labor agreement

    The agreement comes after more than a month of striking at five Mack plants, including one that assembles its refuse collection vehicles.

    By Nov. 17, 2023
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    Crown Waste & Recycling Systems

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    How to optimize your hauling fleet with Rubicon’s technology suite

    In the fast-paced world of waste and recycling, staying ahead requires more than just hard work.

    By Rubicon • Nov. 13, 2023
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    Injury rates for waste industry workers rose in 2022

    Injury rates rose just a year after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the lowest rates since 2006. Solid waste collection workers reported slightly fewer illnesses in 2022.

    By Nov. 9, 2023