Organics


  • A man in a suit stands at a podium with a sign that reads "The 2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit." His image is projected on a screen behind him.
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    USDA’s Vilsack touts updated, ‘accountability-focused’ national food waste strategy

    Vilsack said the strategy has taken on renewed importance as global efforts to curb methane pollution ramp up. He also said he was looking to the farm bill to ensure the priorities would be funded.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Rialto Bioenergy Facility sold to Sevana Bioenergy for $20M

    The deal closes the book on a difficult chapter for Anaergia, which removed the massive facility from its earnings last year amid financial troubles.

    By June 13, 2024
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    NYC officials spotlight commercial waste zone selection, pricing and M&A

    A tense council hearing elicited more context about how the Department of Sanitation selected companies for coveted 10-year contracts but little new information on implementation timing beyond the first zone.

    By June 7, 2024
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    Washington finalizes landfill rule, Divert and EnviTec announce plants and other RNG news

    Washington finalized its landfill methane rule while digester companies around the country made RNG-related announcements in May. Two U.S. senators also introduced a federal RNG incentive bill.

    By June 7, 2024
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    AMP, Virginia waste company collaborate on AI-powered facility to divert recycling from MSW

    AMP and Recycling and Disposal Solutions say a newly built facility will divert about 60% of MSW previously headed to the landfill. AMP’s technology is meant to be co-located at landfills and transfer stations.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Bioenergy Devco, growing anaerobic digestion company, names new CEO

    An executive with 25 years of experience in the energy sector will take over the company while founder Shawn Kreloff will step into a role on the board of directors.

    By May 29, 2024
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    4 bills propose changes to California’s SB 1383 organics recycling law

    Procurement requirements and compost facility permitting updates are among changes legislators are seeking after a report last year found the state is behind on its diversion targets.

    By May 29, 2024
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    New York poised to expand organics recycling mandate

    The pending bill would lower that threshold of the state’s food recovery and recycling law, which currently applies to entities that generate an average of two tons of material per week, and eliminate another key exemption.

    By May 15, 2024
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    GrowNYC compost drop-off funding runs out amid New York budget talks

    The nonprofit has become a fixture in communities and at farmer’s markets for its food scrap collection program, but emergency private funding was not enough to keep the programs afloat through the current fiscal year.

    By May 9, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    South Florida composters eye opportunities as region faces disposal crunch

    A growing number of subscription haulers in Miami-Dade, Broward and other counties are signing up residential and commercial customers as local officials debate landfill and incinerator expansions.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Q&A

    ISWA says waste should become a ‘transformation industry’ as UN projects rising global tonnage

    A recent UN report projects global waste volumes could reach 3.8 billion metric tons by 2050, at significant cost. Carlos Silva Filho, president of ISWA and a contributor to the report, shares his thoughts on a new vision for the sector.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Veolia, looking to double US footprint, targets PFAS

    The company is looking across its network for opportunities to increase capacity as emerging pollutants like PFAS create more demand for hazardous waste treatment assets. It plans to double its size by 2030.

    By April 29, 2024
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    Vanguard, TotalEnergies announce joint venture for at least 10 RNG facilities

    The companies left open the possibility to expand their partnership to up to 60 organic-waste-to-RNG facilities. The first three facilities will be built on farms in Wisconsin and Virginia.

    By April 24, 2024
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    Tracking PFAS developments in 2024

    The EPA designated certain PFAS hazardous, set drinking water standards for some of the chemicals and updated destruction and disposal guidance. Follow Waste Dive’s ongoing coverage of what it will mean for the industry.

    Updated June 12, 2024
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    Canadian organics processor kick-starts US expansion with Virginia deal

    Convertus primarily has been expanding in Canada since it was formed via a private-equity backed merger. Now it’s eyeing several U.S. markets for expansion.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Pacific Coast grocers reduce wasted food tonnage by nearly 25% over 4 years

    The reductions came via a public-private partnership among stakeholders across the food supply chain to share best practices to reduce food loss and waste 50% by 2030.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Compostables break down in real-world conditions, but more work needed: report

    The Composting Consortium, which is managed by the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, calls this study the largest known North American field test of certified compostable packaging.

    By April 16, 2024
  • Brown and blue bins for waste and recycling are corralled in front of a building. The recycling bin's lid has been smashed in.
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    Education, transparency key to improving New York City’s recycling system, experts say

    Recycling capture rates declined from 2017 to 2023 in New York City. Critics say DSNY is losing its focus on waste reduction and should redouble its efforts to get recycling and organics collection right.

    By Updated April 11, 2024
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    Divert chooses North Carolina for its 3rd anaerobic digestion facility

    The facility follows two projects under construction in California and Washington. It’s part of Divert’s push to expand its AD capabilities throughout the U.S.

    By April 9, 2024
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    Viridi, Casella say expanded AD facility can help address Maine’s biosolids issues

    The companies tout their partnership at an anaerobic digester in Brunswick, Maine, as a way to reduce volumes of biosolids that contain PFAS. The facility will also produce power and RNG for the community.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Otto selected for contract to provide 3.2M ‘NYC Waste Bins’

    The company would provide rolling bins for roughly 765,000 residential buildings across the city. The contract would take effect after a hearing scheduled for April 8.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Florida composters look to grow operations despite regulatory barriers

    Amid increased interest in organics recycling on multiple fronts, as well as new municipal and academic partnerships, the Florida Composting Council and other groups say regulatory updates are needed to advance this work.

    By March 22, 2024
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    The image by Carl Young is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
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    How 3 large states want to address waste with federal climate funding

    The U.S. EPA received 45 state priority climate action plans, the first step in accessing Climate Pollution Reduction Grant funding.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Q&A

    SWANA CEO envisions collaborative environment to build safety, culture

    Amy Lestition Burke, SWANA’s new CEO, says building partnerships can make the industry and the organization stronger and better resourced to take on climate change and an evolving workforce.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Vanguard Renewables charts progress in new regions with growing portfolio

    Ten years after its founding, the anaerobic digestion company is plotting expansion "like an amoeba” thanks to the financial backing of BlackRock and its pipeline of more than 60 projects.

    By March 13, 2024