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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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    Deep Dive

    FCC Environmental poised to win mixed waste MRF contract as California adapts to organics law

    Placer County has become a microcosm of how jurisdictions are preparing for major changes under California's SB 1383 organics recycling regulations. FCC recently won out over GreenWaste, Recology-affiliated Nortech and others.

    By Updated Jan. 6, 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
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    Roundup: Waste Dive's 2021 Q&A's with waste and recycling leaders

    From Waste Management's first chief sustainability officer to the Biden administration's pick to lead U.S. EPA waste policy, look back on the year's conversations with execs, authors, investors, entrepreneurs and regulators.

    Dec. 22, 2021
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    Cutting meat, produce and cereal loss key to reducing food waste's environmental effects: EPA

    In a new report, the agency said households and restaurants account for half of all wasted food, while food processing is responsible for 34 million metric tons per year. The report also noted limited progress toward a 2030 reduction goal. 

    By Chris Casey • Dec. 6, 2021
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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 Updated Dec. 6, 2021
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    Tracking the waste and recycling industry's M&A boom

    Keep up with the latest acquisitions, including Rubicon's newly announced purchase of software company CIVIX.

    By Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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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

    Follow 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