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    How local governments are charting the future of zero waste

    See Waste Dive’s map of which U.S. communities are pursuing zero waste, plus insights from leaders in the field on the concept’s past, present and future.

    Updated Dec. 20, 2022
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    Mapping zero waste cities: Where local governments are pursuing waste prevention and diversion

    Waste Dive is tracking which communities throughout the U.S. have zero waste goals, how they define those efforts and how much progress they’ve made.

    By , , Updated Dec. 22, 2022
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    Beyond recycling: What’s next for effective zero waste planning

    Despite constraints, experts say that bringing more voices to the table, linking efforts to climate and economic resilience goals, pursuing public-private partnerships and looking for non-policy solutions can all advance progress.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    A history of US cities adopting zero waste goals

    The concept has become a mainstream part of municipal waste planning, experts say, even as targets largely remain aspirational and some recent efforts have faced pandemic-related setbacks.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    Seattle plans to move beyond diversion rate goals as it doubles down on waste prevention

    Through its current solid waste plan update, Seattle Public Utilities hopes to develop metrics that better reflect the environmental and circular economy benefits from the city’s progress on waste prevention and reuse.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    With $100M in recycling and waste grants now available, EPA schedules info sessions on how to apply

    The agency will host multiple workshops about how state, territorial and local governments can make their case for the highly anticipated infrastructure and education funding.

    By Updated Dec. 21, 2022
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    3 tips on building more inclusive recycling and waste programs for underserved communities

    Speakers at the recent National Recycling Congress shared outreach and funding tips for communities where English is not the primary language, services are inconvenient or nonexistent or other systemic barriers exist.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    San Diego’s Measure B, which would allow waste collection fees, poised to pass

    The pending measure would update a 1919 ordinance and allow the city to charge all residents for trash pickup, potentially freeing up funds to help with the implementation of California’s sweeping organics collection law.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Advocates call for more composting resources in 2023 farm bill reauthorization

    Composting grants, education programs and incentives could get a boost in the 2023 farm bill, but only with advocacy help, the U.S. Composting Council and Kiss the Ground said.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    California’s recycling rate fell to 40% in 2021, though organics disposal decreased, CalRecycle says

    Recent state funding and new legislation can help reduce disposal and raise recycling rates as part of a broader state circular economy strategy, CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    America Recycles Day 2022: Updates from around the country

    This year’s event was marked by the U.S. EPA opening up $375 million in grant funding, President Biden calling on manufacturers to better support reuse and recycling, Colorado’s governor weighing in on EPR and more.

    By Updated Nov. 17, 2022
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    Tracking 2022 recycling laws by state

    New York’s governor signed the nation’s first right-to-repair law for electronics and its second EPR law for carpet. Michigan’s governor also recently signed a package of waste and recycling bills.

    By Updated Jan. 3, 2023
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    EPA promises recycling infrastructure funds, new reports coming soon

    During the National Recycling Congress, the U.S. EPA’s Nena Shaw said the infrastructure grant funding process is almost ready and previewed work on batteries, data collection and future reports on plastics and food waste.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Closed Loop launches new recycling company, Circular Services, with $700M investment

    Combining the operations of Sims Municipal Recycling, Balcones Resources, Retrievr, HomeBiogas and more, the new company, to be led by Closed Loop CEO Ron Gonen, is being touted as a “holistic” service provider.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    Is California’s 2025 organics diversion target still viable?

    An independent commission is now assessing whether course corrections are needed for the state’s landmark SB 1383 law. CalRecycle, WM, Republic Services, Agromin, Anaergia and many others have weighed in.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    What’s next for Veransa, the new company consolidating Florida’s green waste composting market

    The private equity-backed company has completed three acquisitions since launching last year. A vice president shares the company's growth agenda and how it has been handling Hurricane Ian debris.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Elections 2022: Denver greenlights recycling expansion, a close decision on San Diego trash fees and more

    Voters in California, Colorado, Michigan, New York and Vermont weighed in on a range of state and local initiatives with implications for waste and recycling as part of Tuesday’s election.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Is EPR an answer to compostable packaging’s contamination and labeling hurdles?

    Extended producer responsibility laws can and should encompass compostable packaging, industry players at a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar said. 

    By Updated Nov. 15, 2022
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    Where voters will consider waste and recycling initiatives

    San Diego and Denver are among the localities with ballot measures, which range from affecting waste fees to recycling facility funding to more access to composting.

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Mattress, textile, organics disposal bans begin in Massachusetts

    The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is now requiring local governments and businesses to keep certain materials out of the waste stream.

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Environmental justice voices in the waste and recycling industry

    Catch up on these Q&A conversations with experts from the U.S. EPA, Ya Fav Trashman, Detroit Dirt and others on how the waste and recycling industry can play a role in environmental justice efforts.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Casella narrows ESG focus to 5 key targets for 2030

    The Vermont-based company previously set 10 ESG targets in its 2020 report but has narrowed the focus to five key metrics related to emissions reduction, recycling volumes, fleet efficiency and more.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    Waste Connections purchasing California company Upper Valley Disposal

    Upper Valley provides a range of collection, recycling, composting and disposal services in Napa County. Following the recent death of founder Bob Pestoni, the family decided to sell its multigenerational business.

    By Oct. 19, 2022
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    Composting in wine country: Napa Valley’s multi-decade circular economy story

    California’s organics recycling law is driving new demand for processing infrastructure. Longstanding efforts by Upper Valley Disposal and others to compost grape pomace have given the region a head start.

    By Karine Vann • Oct. 19, 2022
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    New nonprofit Just Zero taking a national approach to zero waste and closing disposal sites

    Zero waste advocates formerly with the Conservation Law Foundation say the group will provide local activists with national-level resources for drafting legislation and more.

    By Oct. 18, 2022