Zero Waste


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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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    Los Angeles and San Diego ban polystyrene foam, other plastic products, on same day

    The policies fit into broader state and local laws limiting plastic products, completing an effort in San Diego that a lawsuit previously blocked. Los Angeles will also look to limit waste at city facilities and events.

    By Dec. 7, 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
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    Could the launch of organics collection in one New York borough pave the way to citywide service?

    After collecting 2,850 tons of organic material, at a lower cost than usual, the Department of Sanitation is touting the success of its new program. Advocates are urging action on a long-envisioned citywide launch.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Zero waste and job creation go hand in hand, activists say

    Zero waste jobs are opportunities to support workers from overburdened communities, according to speakers at the National Zero Waste Conference, but they must prioritize circular economy and environmental justice principles.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    How local governments are charting the future of zero waste

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

    Updated Dec. 8, 2022
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    Tracker

    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 , , Nov. 30, 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 the Jan. 16 deadline.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Opinion

    What analyzing National Sword can teach us about optimizing US plastics recycling

    The dust has yet to settle from the major reckoning the U.S. plastics recycling system faced, but three notable factors have the potential to change the status quo going forward, write researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

    By Jessica Heiges and Kate O’Neill • Nov. 16, 2022
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    Tracker

    Tracking 2022 recycling laws by state

    State legislatures around the U.S. have had another active year. Organics recycling laws are now included in the tracker in addition to those on EPR, recycled content, container deposit systems and product bans.

    By Updated Nov. 29, 2022
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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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    The next frontier in e-commerce packaging: reusable bags and boxes

    Online ordering spiked during the pandemic — and so did the waste it creates. As Cyber Monday approaches, startups such as Returnity and Trashless are developing ways to offer consumers and retailers an alternative.

    By Lela Nargi • 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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    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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    Q&A

    Upstream CEO talks about the role of EPR in expanding reuse-refill, ‘golden opportunity’ for recycling industry

    The reuse-refill sector has become increasingly mainstream, as shown by the nonprofit’s Reusies award event. Matt Prindiville shares his latest outlook on where it’s going next and how the traditional waste industry can be involved.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    Plastic markets fall, EPA urged to update policies and other top recycling stories from October

    The month’s notable recycling headlines include recent plastic market trends, questions about the United States' long-held waste hierarchy and calls to standardize recycling bin labels.

    By Nov. 2, 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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    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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    San Antonio targets demolition waste, spurs material reuse with deconstruction ordinance

    In linking a waste reduction effort with other priorities, like affordable housing — a concern in one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities — San Antonio hopes to send less to landfills and make progress on zero waste aspirations.

    By Oct. 25, 2022