Zero Waste

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    Seeking funding and connections, recyclers turn to business incubator NextCycle

    Recyclers and other businesses in Michigan, Colorado and Washington, the states where NextCycle operates, discussed the program’s impact on their circular economy goals during a Northeast Recycling Council webinar.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    New York City rolling out ‘largest curbside composting program in the nation’ with Queens expansion

    After years of budget cuts and political shifts, the Department of Sanitation says this latest organics recycling iteration will be its most cost-effective and efficient approach yet. Drop-off bins are also being added in other boroughs.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    SWEEP sustainability standard pilot moving forward after pandemic slowdowns

    Numerous companies and municipalities in the pilot are about halfway through their certification process. There’s flexibility in the work-at-your-own-pace model, but COVID-19 and staff turnover have slowed progress.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Reusables player r.Cup expanding in Seattle, adding central washing infrastructure

    As the reusables system rolls out at event venues in the Pacific Northwest city, r.Cup is eyeing operating in “a dozen or more markets” by the end of 2023 working through public-private partnerships.

    By Updated July 21, 2022
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    EPA chemical recycling debate heats up with letters from lawmakers, activists and industry pushback

    Some environmentalists and lawmakers want pyrolysis and gasification units to remain regulated as waste combustion, but the plastics industry says the label doesn’t apply to most chemical recycling. EPA will consider new rules.

    By July 19, 2022
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    Gainesville, Florida, seeks to be Southeast leader with major EV deployment, zero-waste policies

    The college town is aiming to be a regional leader when it comes to reuse, edible food recovery and other areas. An upcoming contract with GFL Environmental also calls for dozens of electric collection vehicles.

    By July 19, 2022
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    EPA seeks feedback on environmental justice action plan, equitable use of infrastructure funds

    At a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, participants urged the agency to approve recycling projects, funded with infrastructure grant money, that avoid creating further environmental harm to disadvantaged communities. 

    By July 14, 2022
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    San Francisco Bay Area, inspiration for California's organics law, offers recycling lessons and limitations

    Organics recycling has been the norm in San Francisco, Oakland and other jurisdictions for years. Part 5 of our series explores how some are trying to elevate their diversion efforts with residual waste sorting and other strategies.

    By Updated July 12, 2022
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    Zara parent Inditex invests $30M in textile waste company Circ

    The fashion company joined Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures in a Series B funding round.

    By Dani James • July 12, 2022
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    What's still on California's legislative agenda for waste and recycling

    Single-use plastics in e-commerce, state purchasing requirements, diversion credits from waste-to-energy facilities and a bottle bill expansion for wine are still in play before lawmakers end their session.

    By July 11, 2022
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    How 3 Southern California programs are ramping up organics recycling

    Preparing for SB 1383’s recycling requirements is a bigger lift for areas that didn’t already collect food scraps. Program officials in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino County share their stories in Part 4 of our series.

    By July 7, 2022
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom (seated) signs SB 54 on June 30, 2022. State Sen. Ben Allen far left. Assembywoman Luz Rivas to Newsom's right.
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    California Gov. Newsom signs nation's most comprehensive paper and plastic packaging EPR bill

    The landmark legislation sets ambitious recycling and reduction rate targets for plastic and other types of packaging. Its passage averts a plastics fee ballot initiative and comes after years of stalled legislative efforts.

    By , Updated July 1, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Future of troubled Renovare unclear after West Virginia facility closure, surprise merger reversal

    The company — formerly known as BioHiTech Global — has seen its stock price plummet following financial, operational and legal issues. Former partner Entsorga sees a path forward for its shuttered showcase plant.

    By Updated July 1, 2022
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    California EPR bill passes state Assembly, final vote must happen immediately

    After four years of attempts, this major legislation could finally pass. The bill must now make it through the state Senate and reach the governor’s desk by the end of June to avert a competing plastics ballot measure.

    By June 30, 2022
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    Congress makes moves on recycling funding, single-use plastic reduction

    A rural recycling infrastructure bill gets a House version, efforts to reduce plastic packaging at the U.S. Capitol move forward, and USAID tackles ocean plastic with new Save Our Seas funding.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Clock ticking for contentious California EPR bill to avert plastics ballot measure

    SB 54 is supported by major recyclers, including Republic Services, but it is drawing opposition from key environmental groups. It must pass by the end of this month to stop an upcoming plastics fee ballot initiative.

    By Updated June 27, 2022
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    California's local governments grapple with financial and logistical demands of organics recycling law

    Regulations weren’t finalized for years, and the pandemic delayed many plans. New state grants worth $180 million will help, but more will be needed to meet this unfunded mandate. Read Part 3 of our series.

    By June 23, 2022
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    Surveying the corporate-controlled EPR landscape in 2022

    Amid new producer responsibility action in states such as Colorado, New York and Hawaii, Neil Seldman of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance weighs in on the best way to approach this policy going forward.

    By Neil Seldman • June 22, 2022
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    Q&A // Environmental justice conversations

    University of Maine researchers: Circular economy concepts may be overlooking environmental justice

    The circular economy can offer “transformative promises” and potential job creation, but a recent literature review found many reports overlook EJ's role in sustaining such systems.

    By June 21, 2022
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    Recycled cotton company Recover raises $100M in funding led by Goldman Sachs

    The latest round of funding for a company focused on textile waste speaks to the need for innovation in an industry that creates tons of waste annually.

    By Dani James • June 13, 2022
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    EPA aims to disburse $375M in waste and recycling funds from infrastructure bill by spring 2023

    Stakeholders have called for the EPA to move quickly on implementing funding from grants and initiatives that the agency says represent its “largest investment in recycling in 30 years.”

    By Updated June 15, 2022
  • Finished compost if moved off of a conveyor belt into a pile at the Jepson Prairie Organics compost facility April 20, 2009 in Vacaville, California.
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    Deep Dive // California's organics experiment

    Expecting food waste 'tsunami,' California recyclers focus on infrastructure and end markets

    As the state rolls out universal organics collection, major companies such as Agromin, Anaergia, GreenWaste Recovery, Recology, Republic Services and WM are expanding to meet demand. Learn more in Part 2 of our series.

    By June 9, 2022
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    California's high-stakes experiment to cut organic waste disposal 75% by 2025

    Waste companies and local governments in the state are making massive investments and operational changes to meet the demands of SB 1383. Explore the implications with our ongoing series.

    Updated July 12, 2022
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    San Francisco voters approve reform measure in wake of Recology corruption scandal

    The first major change to the local refuse ordinance in 90 years will update a rate-setting process that resulted in significant overcharges. It could also affect the company’s lock on hauling permits, pending further legislative action.

    By June 8, 2022
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch unveil the city’s first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district,
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    New York business improvement districts adapt to expansion of waste containerization pilot

    The Times Square Alliance is moving forward with installations, but questions remain about barriers to participation around container choice and servicing for some potential adopters.

    By June 6, 2022