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    Federal lawmakers reintroduce bills calling for billions in food waste recycling and prevention grants

    Sponsors of the COMPOST Act and Zero Food Waste Act say an injection of federal funding over 10 years will help scale up local projects. These bills failed to pass last session.

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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    WTE facility in Long Beach, California, will remain open into 2024 following Covanta contract update

    The city’s Southeast Resource Recovery Facility has seen steep tonnage and revenue declines following the passage of a recent state law. Covanta is now assuming financial risks and revenues to avoid its imminent closure.

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    EPR still top recycling issue for state policymakers, but plastics and repair laws also on the horizon

    While federal action is uncertain, multiple state governors and policy advocates aim to build on the momentum of producer responsibility laws for packaging this year. Numerous other bills are also expected to get consideration.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    Analysis of local climate action plans and solid waste planning shows overlapping opportunities

    Environmental services firm HDR examined hundreds of solid waste-related actions across city and county climate action plans, noting a common interest around action on organics, among a range of other ideas.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Los Angeles launches citywide organics service, awards compost contracts worth up to $1.67B

    Commingled green and food waste collection is now available to an estimated 740,000 residential accounts. WM, Recology and Athens Services are composting the material, with the potential for Anaergia to get a future contract.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    NRDC is seeking new cities to join its food waste reduction program

    The Food Matters initiative, first launched in 2015, can provide technical assistance and small amounts of funding for a range of local efforts. Previous participants include Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville and Phoenix.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    The Waste Dive Outlook on 2023

    What you need to know on industry trends to watch, the hiring landscape, fleet maintenance and more to come as the new year gets underway.

    By The Waste Dive Team • Updated Jan. 30, 2023
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    New York Mayor Adams signs ‘skip the stuff’ bill for foodware items

    The law to prohibit foodservice establishments from automatically including plastic cutlery and other items is meant to cut down on waste. It’s the latest in the city’s recent laws banning certain single-use foodware.

    By Updated Feb. 2, 2023
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    Virginia state task force calls for more recycling business opportunities, possible EPR policies

    A group with recycling industry representation offered recommendations to divert more waste from landfills, but stopped short of recommending EPR for packaging or reaching consensus on a possible bottle bill.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Nashville launching $4.8M curbside recycling expansion

    The Recycling Partnership, which is providing a grant, predicts that a shift to biweekly collection in the fast-growing Tennessee city could generate 156 million new pounds of recyclables over the next decade

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    2023 outlook

    6 waste and recycling trends to watch in 2023

    The effects of ongoing M&A, the biogas boom, and regulatory and financial debates around plastics are among the most complex topics on Waste Dive’s radar in the new year.

    By , , Jan. 12, 2023
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    New York Gov. Hochul says EPR for packaging a major priority in 2023

    Hochul announced Tuesday she would introduce EPR for packaging legislation for the second time. Multiple efforts to pass versions of the policy through the state budget and legislative process failed in 2022.

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    Loop touts retail store expansion as standalone e-commerce program sunsets

    The TerraCycle-backed reusable container program is now working with 37 U.S. retail stores, including Fred Meyer, Giant Food and Walmart.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    Stadiums pursue new technologies and tactics to boost waste diversion

    As fans flock back to large venues, many are seeing new or updated waste initiatives. Operators are experimenting with different collection systems, reusable cups, reverse vending machines, on-site sorting and more.

    By Updated Jan. 19, 2023
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    Right-to-repair advocates expect more bills in 2023 after New York success

    Advocates were disappointed after New York’s first-of-its-kind law was amended to limit eligible products, but they expect continued momentum despite fierce lobbying. Such laws are also supported by electronics recyclers.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    By the numbers: 2022 waste and recycling trends with implications for 2023

    Key data points on some of the top issues — M&A, ESG, inflation and policy — that illustrate another eventful year for the industry.

    By , , Jan. 4, 2023
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    Where recycling and waste laws changed on Jan. 1

    California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C., are among the jurisdictions enforcing new recycling and waste laws as of Jan. 1, including bag fees, bottle bill updates and organics diversion mandates.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    Top interviews with waste and recycling leaders in 2022

    Read some of the year’s most popular conversations with CEOs from Republic Services, WIN Waste Innovations, LRS and Vanguard Renewables, as well as leaders from WM, the U.S. EPA and other organizations.

    Dec. 22, 2022
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    What’s next for renowned Minneapolis organics recycling program

    More than half of eligible households have opted in to the city’s program, and Hennepin County considers this approach a model for the region. Potential policy and collection changes could aid further progress.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    Chicago looks to turn the page on recycling challenges, accelerate progress on waste plan

    Stakeholders from the Department of Streets and Sanitation, LRS and the nonprofit Delta Institute weigh in on composting plans and what’s next for a city that has long been portrayed as lagging on recycling. 

    By Updated Dec. 15, 2022
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    Garcetti signs plastic reduction ordinance during final days as Los Angeles mayor

    Starting in 2023, the law will phase out expanded polystyrene foam containers, tighten single-use plastic bag restrictions and limit waste at city facilities. Mayor Karen Bass is expected to continue a similar focus on environmental issues.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Specialty recycling pick-up services flip the script on items accepted curbside

    Services from Ridwell, Rabbit Recycling, TerraCycle, Casella Waste Systems and others are seeing growth as consumers want more options for hard-to-recycle products. Yet some are also navigating cost and legal challenges.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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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