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    WasteExpo 2022

    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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    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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    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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    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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    As reusable takeout container systems expand, logistics questions abound

    The pandemic threw startups for a loop, but many are still seeing strong demand. Now, companies and restaurants may have to balance brand identity with a factor that could be most helpful for reusables to succeed — uniformity.

    By April 20, 2022
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    Hawaii's EPR for packaging bill fails to pass before end of legislative session

    Supporters had expected the unique model focused on reuse and reduction to move quickly through final committees, but legislators did not reconcile bill differences before the clock ran out. 

    By Updated May 11, 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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    City Haul: Inside top issues facing municipal waste leaders

    How are waste agencies dealing with labor constraints? What do leaders tell residents who doubt the recycling system? Who are some of the new faces steering local U.S. operations? Catch up on past editions of City Haul.

    By Updated 6 hours ago
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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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    Los Angeles City Council moves toward phasing out single-use plastics, including bags and EPS foam

    The second-largest U.S. city tapped LA Sanitation & Environment for more details on how to actually make the transition as the county and state also pursue related policies.

    By Feb. 28, 2022
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    WM drops 'waste' from its name, frames ESG approach at annual sustainability forum

    The newly rebranded industry giant described itself as a "circular logistics operator" that is part of a "renewable energy revolution." Plus, panelists spoke on economics, circularity, climate justice, diversity, leadership and more.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    EPR remains top item in state recycling policy debate, but bottle bills and plastic bans also in play

    After a "breakthrough" in 2021, legislators and supporters aim to pass more laws in 2022 they say will improve recycling systems and curb litter. Competing stakeholder perspectives could complicate the finish line for many bills.

    By Updated Feb. 10, 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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    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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    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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    RTS acquires Elytus, making it one of the industry's largest waste brokers

    The New York-based company has picked up an estimated 12,000 service locations and is going national with its biggest transaction to date. CEO Greg Lettieri shares how this fits into its growth plans for 2022.

    By Jan. 10, 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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    Reuse rebounds: National Zero Waste Conference highlights policy potential in 2022

    After early coronavirus fears halted many reuse efforts, year two of the pandemic saw new investments in reuse systems and a desire to circumvent supply chain disruptions in disposable packaging.

    By , Dec. 13, 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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    As circular economy momentum builds, Rheaply seeks to grow reuse connections

    With new funding and award recognition, the Chicago-based startup's goals include quantifying the savings from reuse and having more large enterprises adopt its platform.

    By Nov. 29, 2021