Organics


  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivers second state of the city address at the Queens Theatre in Queens, New York, on Jan. 26, 2023.
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    New York to have citywide curbside composting by end of 2024, mayor says

    The timeline gives the city less than two years to bring curbside composting to all five boroughs, a long-held goal that has eluded city officials through administration changes and budget cuts.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Vermont mulls EPR, bottle bill improvements to catch up on recycling goals

    A report from the Department of Environmental Conservation recommends adopting EPR for hazardous waste, reducing PFAS and updating the state’s bottle bill to help reach its waste reduction, recycling and composting goals.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Analysis of local climate action plans and solid waste planning shows overlapping opportunities

    Environmental services firm HDR examined hundreds of solid waste-related actions across city and county climate action plans, noting a common interest around action on organics, among a range of other ideas.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Connecticut governor backing EPR for packaging and other policies to increase state’s ‘self-sufficiency’

    Gov. Ned Lamont said a combination of EPR, waste diversion and improved organics management will help Connecticut reduce a growing amount of waste exported to other states in the wake of a major WTE facility closing.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    Los Angeles launches citywide organics service, awards compost contracts worth up to $1.67B

    Commingled green and food waste collection is now available to an estimated 740,000 residential accounts. WM, Recology and Athens Services are composting the material, with the potential for Anaergia to get a future contract.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    NRDC is seeking new cities to join its food waste reduction program

    The Food Matters initiative, first launched in 2015, can provide technical assistance and small amounts of funding for a range of local efforts. Previous participants include Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville and Phoenix.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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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 • Updated Jan. 30, 2023
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    Virginia state task force calls for more recycling business opportunities, possible EPR policies

    A group with recycling industry representation offered recommendations to divert more waste from landfills, but stopped short of recommending EPR for packaging or reaching consensus on a possible bottle bill.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Renovare Environmental sells digester business while fate of West Virginia plant still pending

    The financially troubled company sold its aerobic digestion assets to TraQiQ, a technology company with no known waste background. Meanwhile, fire issues have been mitigated at Renovare’s shuttered West Virginia site.

    By Jan. 17, 2023
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    CalRecycle ramping up SB 1383 compliance efforts as it kicks off $155M grant program

    Jurisdictions can expect compliance reviews within four years as the state looks to increase progress on a target to cut organic waste disposal 75% by 2025. Additional grant funding for local governments is also being planned.

    By Jan. 13, 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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    Companies can no longer peg food waste recycling as a West Coast initiative

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s director of innovation recaps new and expanded drop-off and collection programs, plus new processing facilities to meet that demand, suggesting continued momentum for solutions in 2023.

    By Olga Kachook • Jan. 5, 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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    Where recycling and waste laws changed on Jan. 1

    California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C., are among the jurisdictions enforcing new recycling and waste laws as of Jan. 1, including bag fees, bottle bill updates and organics diversion mandates.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    What Congress did — and didn’t — get done for waste and recycling in 2022

    Lawmakers made progress on multiple waste initiatives in 2022, including language in the recent budget bill, but a pair of bipartisan bills that passed the Senate didn’t make it to the House and a key EPA nomination remains stalled.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    BP completes $4.1B acquisition of Archaea

    The transaction positions BP as a major developer of renewable natural gas projects at U.S. landfills and caps off a rapid rise for Archaea since it became a public company in 2021.

    By Dec. 28, 2022
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    Tracking PFAS developments in 2022 and beyond

    Discussions about how to safely manage PFAS, as well as how it should be disposed of or regulated, have gotten more complex in recent years.

    By Updated Jan. 24, 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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    What’s next for renowned Minneapolis organics recycling program

    More than half of eligible households have opted in to the city’s program, and Hennepin County considers this approach a model for the region. Potential policy and collection changes could aid further progress.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    In PFAS fight, U.S. Composting Council calls for science over ‘unsound policies’

    Executive Director Frank Franciosi says federal agencies can help shed light on how these persistent chemicals affect compost and crops while ensuring that new policies don’t hinder progress on organics recycling.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Chicago looks to turn the page on recycling challenges, accelerate progress on waste plan

    Stakeholders from the Department of Streets and Sanitation, LRS and the nonprofit Delta Institute weigh in on composting plans and what’s next for a city that has long been portrayed as lagging on recycling. 

    By Updated Dec. 15, 2022
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    Major Michigan waste and recycling bill package heads to governor’s desk

    Eight related bills would overhaul the state’s waste priorities to focus on recycling. The package adds new landfill regulations, characterizes chemical recycling as a manufacturing process and offers grants for local governments. 

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    DC revisiting 2032 zero waste target as it proposes new policies, plans curbside compost pilot

    Public works leaders hope that a forthcoming zero waste plan will accelerate efforts and help the District “leapfrog” over other cities. But the nation’s capital also has some unique demographic and infrastructure challenges.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    WASTECON 2022

    WASTECON host city San Diego plans organics, trash, plastics changes

    With updated waste and circular economy goals as part of its climate action targets, the city is moving forward on key policy and infrastructure actions, an elected official detailed at the conference’s opening session.

    By Dec. 6, 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