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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 Dec. 3, 2021
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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry's 2021 M&A boom

    U.S. acquisition spending could reach historic levels this year. Washington-based DTG Recycle has reported a new C&D acquisition. This follows recent deals involving Covanta and EC Waste.

    By Updated Dec. 2, 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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    Opinion

    It's time to look harder at landfills if we're serious about addressing climate change

    Leaders from the Institute for Energy and Resource Management, drawing on Europe's experience, make the case for why it's time to stop landfilling MSW and move toward a more integrated waste management system.

    By Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann and Stephen Gerritson • Nov. 12, 2021
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    Massachusetts banning disposal of textiles, mattresses and more organics in 2022

    The state's Department of Environmental Protection has finalized a plan that calls for a 30% reduction in disposal volumes by 2030. Even if it hits that target, local disposal capacity will still be very constrained.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    With landfill methane in the climate spotlight, satellite and flyover measurements attract a following

    Landfill operators, nonprofits and regulators are looking to remote measurement technologies as a new way to check on methane releases. But it's too soon to know if they'll settle the emissions modeling debate.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Tracking the industry: US waste and recycling info hub

    Keep up on some of the most essential developments around M&A, ESG pledges, federal and state policy, PFAS regulations, quarterly earnings results and more with Waste Dive's unique trackers and ongoing in-depth coverage.

    By Waste Dive Team • Updated Nov. 23, 2021
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    RSG 2021 earnings

    Republic Services M&A spending on track to top $1B in 2021, highest in over a decade

    The company is also making investments in landfill gas projects and expanding its environmental solutions business as it caps off a quarter that saw some volumes exceed pre-pandemic levels.

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    City Haul: A new class of municipal waste leaders emerges

    Over half of the 10 largest U.S. cities have new public works, sanitation or solid waste directors since the start of 2020. Positions have evolved during the pandemic and amid shifting trends in technology and public engagement.

    By Oct. 20, 2021
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    Canadian organics programs share lessons learned on policy, plastics and public engagement

    The majority of Canadians now have curbside organics recycling. Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax program managers weigh in on their experiences and the insights they've gained over the years.

    By Danielle Beurteaux • Oct. 18, 2021
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    Macquarie acquiring large stakes in GreenWaste and Zanker in its first California waste deal

    GreenWaste and partner company Zanker Recycling's northern California operations include multiple organics recycling facilities. Moody's Investors Service estimates operations are generating $325 million in annual revenue.

    By Updated Oct. 15, 2021
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    Opinion

    Anaerobic digestion, nature's recycling engine, must be leveraged as a climate solution

    Instead of sustainably managing organic waste, writes Bioenergy Devco CEO Shawn Kreloff, much of the United States is exacerbating the climate crisis by relying on incineration, landfilling and land application.

    By Shawn Kreloff • Oct. 8, 2021
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    Deep Dive // Recology SF corruption investigation

    What's next for Recology in San Francisco after $36M DOJ penalty, bribery charge

    The West Coast company is looking to move forward after three subsidiaries admitted to one charge of bribery in a deferred prosecution agreement, but it still faces legal action and a push to change local collection systems.

    By Sept. 29, 2021
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    Covanta, Casella, Vanguard Renewables and others continue the conversation at virtual WasteExpo

    The event included insight on industry discussions such as EPR, environmental justice, waste-to-energy, climate change, recycling and technology.

    By , , Sept. 17, 2021
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    California governor signs full slate of circular economy bills

    The package includes bills regulating recyclability and compostability claims on products, restricting exports of plastic scrap and updating the state's container redemption program.

    By Updated Oct. 6, 2021
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    EPA's PFAS strategy

    Compost groups say EPA's new PFAS report misses the mark

    The compilation of research on PFAS in compost and digestate underscores regulators' concern about potential health impacts, but compost experts say the agency and manufacturers should do more to curb the chemicals.

    By Sept. 7, 2021
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    Raven SR's waste-to-hydrogen project with Republic Services could have implications beyond California

    Creating green hydrogen from organics is one way to meet the state's SB 1383 goals, but Raven's CEO said he hopes this process can be a competitive way to handle waste streams in any state.

    By Aug. 31, 2021
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    Resource Recycling Conference highlights role of markets, labor and climate in municipal recycling

    Panelists at last week's virtual event discussed how positive market shifts for certain postconsumer plastics and fiber grades are influencing MRF investment decisions, while labor availability is a key issue in servicing local programs.

    By , , Aug. 10, 2021
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    House passes infrastructure bill, including key recycling provisions

    President Joe Biden is expected to soon sign the bill, which features the text of the RECYCLE Act, funding for Save Our Seas 2.0 and battery recycling provisions.

    By Updated Nov. 8, 2021
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    GFL 2021 earnings

    GFL launches renewable energy platform, forecasts ample M&A opportunities

    While Canada's economic recovery is expected to roll into next year, the company is already seeing pre-pandemic volumes in other areas and big free cash flow gains. A new focus on landfill gas projects may boost that trend.

    By July 29, 2021
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    Q&A

    Waste Management's first chief sustainability officer aims to expand recycling, organics revenue

    In her first Waste Dive interview since starting the new role, Tara Hemmer describes sustainability as a "growth lever" for the industry giant. She also weighs in on the landfill emissions debate, plastics and waste reduction.

    By July 26, 2021
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    SWEEP adds Bay Area partners to growing SMM certification pilot

    Also in this week's municipal news roundup: recycling and organics program developments from Cleveland, New York City and Rochester, New York, and still more labor shortages disrupting collection services.

    By July 23, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Progress report: State waste and recycling policies gain notable traction this year

    State lawmakers have made significant headway on laws about EPR, recycled content mandates and plastic products. Other bills are still in play, and experts anticipate even more possible changes in 2022.

    By July 19, 2021
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    City hiring woes and solutions; New $16B pitch for recycling infrastructure

    In this week’s municipal news roundup: Denver and St. Louis feel the effects of labor shortages, and leaders in Portland, Oregon, seek to widen their worker candidate pools.

    By July 16, 2021
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    Chicago exploring organics and textile recycling, commercial waste zones through new strategy

    Chicago has one of the lowest diversion rates among major U.S. cities. Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar said it would be "a big leap" to set any type of zero waste target and the city is focused on "interim steps."

    By July 15, 2021