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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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    WasteExpo highlights big ideas for solving food waste, recycling, data and infrastructure problems

    Speakers from Recology, ERI, Generate Upcycle, Orlando and the state of California shared advice on how to advance waste, recycling and organics operations.

    By , Updated 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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    Opinion

    The methane emissions crisis demands a faster transformation in how we handle organic waste

    The waste sector presents some of the best opportunities to reduce methane emissions and global warming through organic waste prevention, source separation and composting, writes John Ribeiro-Broomhead.

    By John Ribeiro-Broomhead • May 11, 2022
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    Minneapolis shares its years of organics collection expertise as other major cities consider new efforts

    The Minnesota city has over 50% program participation after going citywide around 2015. Meanwhile, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., are among the cities eyeing expansions to collection options.

    By May 3, 2022
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    Boston moving forward with curbside composting pilot for 10K subscribers

    After years of discussion, the city and its growing zero waste staff intend to announce details next month for an opt-in pilot that will start in 2022.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Denver sees potential waste, recycling, compost policy overhauls on horizon

    The city is set to share a long-awaited "pay-as-you-throw" proposal this spring, while advocates of a separate ballot initiative that would widely expand access to organics and recycling services look ahead to November.

    By April 8, 2022
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    Q&A

    After years of growing awareness, ReFED director sees a 'rubber-meets-the-road moment' for food waste

    The U.S. government's 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal is fast approaching, and food prices are on the rise. Dana Gunders discusses what this all means for ongoing efforts to reduce, recover and recycle wasted food.

    By April 6, 2022
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    Latest UN climate change report highlights urban mitigation strategies, circular materials management

    Reducing food waste and increasing plastics recycling and materials reuse all came up as potential strategies, as the world must implement changes more rapidly to alter the course of global warming.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Dramatic expansion potential for waste projects seen by RNG Coalition CEO as climate efforts intensify

    RNG projects at North American landfills, anaerobic digesters and other sites are set to grow exponentially in the coming years. Johannes Escudero breaks down what's ahead.

    By April 1, 2022
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    Walmart signs up for West Coast food waste-reduction project

    As a member of the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, the retailer will provide data that will help give a more precise estimate of waste across the retail sector and identify key "hot spots" to focus on.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • March 22, 2022
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    Washington governor signs bill calling for 75% reduction of organic waste disposal by 2030

    The law is seen as a natural evolution from the state's recent work on recycling and climate change. Organics recyclers are especially focused on new compost procurement rules and first-in-the-nation compostable product guidelines.

    By Updated March 25, 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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    CEO says longevity sets Ameresco apart in the landfill gas-to-energy space

    A 20-plus-year reputation and broad range of clients — including municipalities, military bases and private companies — will keep the company going as competition ramps up in the waste sector, executives said.

    By March 2, 2022
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    3 takeaways from GWMS on the future of environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions and leachate at landfills

    Landfill operators, consultants and researchers shared the latest trends they're following at last week's biennial event. Microplastics were called out as an emerging contaminant of concern, akin to how PFAS science has evolved.

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    As compost volumes grow, policy and research help boost market expansion

    Composters are continuously exploring market options as organics recycling expands. Transportation projects, carbon sequestration, green roofs and cannabis farming are among many opportunities.

    By Feb. 14, 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 The Waste Dive Team • Feb. 9, 2022
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    10 questions with Gold Medal Environmental on its strategic transformation

    CEO Darren Gruendel and new President John Doyen talked about culture integration challenges after M&A, plans for Mid-Atlantic growth beyond an estimated $92 million in revenue, how they've maintained operations despite labor limitations and more.

    By Feb. 8, 2022
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    Federal bills advance to improve rural recycling, explore national composting strategy

    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reported both bills favorably on Thursday. Supporters see the bipartisan legislation as a medium-term step to diverting more waste in the U.S.

    By Updated April 7, 2022
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    Biden's waste and recycling priorities

    What's on the Biden administration's waste and recycling to-do list in 2022

    One year in, the administration has started work on a range of climate and environmental justice initiatives. Catch up on what's next from the EPA and others on the circular economy, PFAS, grant funding and more.

    By Jan. 24, 2022
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    Atlas Organics, with new Generate Capital backing, aims to become one of sector's largest recyclers

    Atlas CEO Joseph McMillin and Generate's Bill Caesar see substantial room for expansion, with at least $200 million worth of projects envisioned. Atlas also recently announced a new round of Florida acquisitions.

    By Jan. 18, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    8 questions about the top trends shaping waste and recycling in 2022

    Waste Dive is watching how much longer heightened M&A activity lasts, what it will take to maintain the workforce in a tough market, where organics infrastructure is growing, what's next for recycling and more.

    By , , Jan. 13, 2022
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    Opinion

    We must invest in compost infrastructure to match growing demand for sustainable products

    Jessica Bowman, executive director of the Plant Based Products Council, points to new consumer survey data as another reason to evolve materials management options and pass the national COMPOST Act.

    By Jessica Bowman • Jan. 5, 2022
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    FCC Environmental awarded California mixed waste contract worth up to $1.5B

    Placer County's process is an example of how jurisdictions are preparing for major changes under California's SB 1383 organics recycling regulations. FCC won out over GreenWaste, Recology-affiliated Nortech and others.

    By Updated April 28, 2022
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    EPA action and US recycling policy during Biden's 1st year in office

    2021 brought a new EPA administrator, a nominee to lead the agency's waste efforts that is vocal on PFAS and environmental justice, the long-anticipated National Recycling Strategy and recycling funds in the infrastructure package.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    By the numbers: 2021's waste and recycling trends

    Take a look back through the key data points that shaped the conversations around some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, policy and workforce challenges — in an eventful year.

    By , , Dec. 23, 2021