Recycling


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    Massachusetts Senate calls for EPR study commission in broader plastics bill

    The state Senate’s bill aims to ban certain types of plastic bags and limit plastic utensils and straws. Meanwhile, a proposed bottle bill expansion was added to a pending climate bill.

    By , June 24, 2024
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    WM begins work on new Ontario MRFs as part of Canadian EPR program

    The Toronto-area recycling facilities aim to manage materials from Ontario’s changing EPR for packaging program while helping WM establish its residential recycling business there. 

    By June 21, 2024
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    Balcones Recycling opens new $68M MRF in San Antonio

    Built in part to handle recycled materials from Balcones' 15-year municipal recycling contract with the city, the facility is among the most automated MRFs in the U.S., the company says.

    By June 20, 2024
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    New Hampshire battery disposal ban bill heads to governor

    The bill expands the state’s battery disposal ban to include all electronics and lithium-ion batteries, a move meant to decrease the number of fires at waste and recycling facilities.

    By June 18, 2024
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    CompuCycle expansion in Houston further separates mixed plastic from recycled electronics

    The improvements, meant to attract OEMs and customers from other markets, come as electronics recycling certification bodies move to comply with the Basel Convention’s restrictions on mixed plastic shipments.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Battery EPR bill heads to Illinois governor’s desk

    The bill had industry support from NWRA, LRS and other haulers, who see the legislation as a way to more responsibly manage batteries and prevent fires.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    How California Treasurer Fiona Ma became ‘obsessed’ with waste and recycling

    That obsession could affect the industry if Ma wins her bid for lieutenant governor. She has received backing from state waste companies over the years but has not always aligned with them on policy.

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor • Updated June 12, 2024
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    New York EPR for packaging bill fails to pass before end of legislative session

    The state Senate approved the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act on Friday, but the bill stalled in the Assembly. Bottle bill expansion and mattress EPR legislation also failed to advance.

    By , June 10, 2024
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    NYC officials spotlight commercial waste zone selection, pricing and M&A

    A tense council hearing elicited more context about how the Department of Sanitation selected companies for coveted 10-year contracts but little new information on implementation timing beyond the first zone.

    By June 7, 2024
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    WM CEO says medical business growth makes Stericycle deal an attractive fit

    During the Stifel Cross Sector Insight Conference, WM executives shared more insight about how Stericycle’s positioning in the medical waste and recycled paper markets aligns well with their long-term plans.

    By June 6, 2024
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    Colorado’s PRO appoints executive director to manage state’s EPR rollout

    Juri Freeman, CAA’s new executive director for Colorado, joins as the state buckles down on EPR implementation. Currently an RRS principal, he has served in numerous recycling and composting roles across the state. 

    By June 5, 2024
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    AMP, Virginia waste company collaborate on AI-powered facility to divert recycling from MSW

    AMP and Recycling and Disposal Solutions say a newly built facility will divert about 60% of MSW previously headed to the landfill. AMP’s technology is meant to be co-located at landfills and transfer stations.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Republic shareholders nix Teamsters’ proposal to report labor impact of climate policies

    A strong majority of shareholders voted against the proposal, which sought to compel Republic to more explicitly detail how its investments in automation and artificial intelligence affect workers.

    By May 30, 2024
  • Senate hearing touts federal funds and private sector teamwork for recycling wins

    At a recent committee hearing, speakers from The Recycling Partnership, North Carolina DEQ and Seattle Public Utilities urged continued federal funding for recycling projects and the passage of two bipartisan recycling bills.

    By May 29, 2024
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    What to know about 4 EPR bills still in play in California

    Bills meant to clean up SB 54 packaging rules and establish new programs for marine flares, textiles and household hazardous waste are still under consideration before the legislative session ends in August.

    By Updated May 29, 2024
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    Experimentation with label-less containers advances, in effort to improve recyclability

    Embossing, laser engraving and direct-to-packaging printing are some of the methods to ease the recycling process, as is using organic inks and labels that easily separate during the sink/float process.

    By Hollie Stephens • May 24, 2024
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    Minnesota governor signs packaging EPR law with mixed response from recyclers

    Recyclers such as Eureka say the law will improve recycling in the state, while members of NWRA's local chapter say the model still causes some “consternation” despite changes to the bill.

    By , Updated May 23, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent global analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes. 

    By May 22, 2024
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    Minnesota legislature passes packaging EPR bill with ‘shared responsibility’ model

    If signed by the governor, Minnesota could soon become the fifth state to enact such a law. Eureka Recycling heralded the outcome, and Ameripen described the legislation as “a fair compromise.”

    By May 21, 2024
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    Apex Waste Solutions aims to scale in consolidated Colorado market

    Apex launched with a goal of offering independent service after larger companies bought out many local haulers. Now, with private equity backing from Kinderhook, the company is growing quickly through its own purchases.

    By May 20, 2024
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    DTG Recycle names new CEO

    Jordan Reber recently took the helm at the Washington-based company, which is backed by Macquarie. He brings experience with heavy equipment and leadership from multiple prior roles.

    By May 17, 2024
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    WM completes $23M MRF upgrades in Pennsylvania, part of multifacility plan

    The AI-enabled optical sorter upgrades at the Pittsburgh MRF are designed to better sort polypropylene, WM said. It previously announced similar upgrades at a Wisconsin site and plans another facility opening in Florida next month. 

    By May 17, 2024
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    Casella president outlines growth plans for mid-Atlantic and other priorities

    Ned Coletta, roughly six months into his role as president, is working on multiple aspects of the company’s strategy. He recently shared updates on disposal capacity, PFAS treatment, RNG projects, training and more.

    By May 16, 2024
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    New York state recycling needs assessment published amid push to pass EPR

    The first phase of the needs assessment, conducted by RRS for the Center for Sustainable Materials Management, shows more material in the state can be recovered, possibly through an EPR program, but more data is needed.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Waste Pro leaders talk employee training and growth plans in the Southeast

    CEO Sean Jennings and COO Keith Banasiak say offerings like CDL and technician schools, plus a focus on customer service and selective acquisitions, could help them hit the $2 billion revenue mark in a few years. 

    By May 14, 2024