Recycling


  • Trash truck with recycLA logo driving in Los Angeles
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    Negotiation stalemate pushes Los Angeles to verge of rebidding commercial waste contracts

    Haulers such as WM and Republic Services say they need more time to discuss a contract amendment. LA Sanitation staff and elected officials appear ready to put the whole recycLA franchise system back out to bid.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Waste Connections acquires assets from Waste-Away Group

    The deal expands Waste Connections’ presence into Indiana. Waste-Away is a third-generation family business that offers collection, recycling and document destruction services in Elkhart and the surrounding areas.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Trendline

    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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    Q4 earnings results for major waste and recycling companies

    Follow the latest results from WM, Waste Connections, GFL Environmental, Casella Waste and Clean Harbors.

    By Waste Dive Staff • Feb. 23, 2024
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    Clean Harbors’ environmental services segment continues hot streak to end 2023

    The company projects another year of growth for its environmental services segment in 2024 thanks to capital investments and acquisitions. It’s also making changes to boost its struggling Safety-Kleen business.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    D.C. updates strategy to reach ‘zero waste’ by 2040, including many policy proposals

    The plan extends the deadline for an 80% diversion rate to 2040. It calls for actions such as building a MRF, implementing commercial waste zones and banning certain items from disposal.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    It’s black and white: Walgreens details cap color change among sustainability efforts

    The pharmacy chain's own-brand product packaging changes are among its efforts to meet 2030 targets. Parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance also touted packaging sustainability work in its 2023 ESG report.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    GFL 2023 earnings

    GFL posts record solid waste pricing, sees expansion opportunities through EPR and M&A

    Continued strong pricing, combined with volume shedding of subpar contracts, contributed to margin expansion in solid waste. That trend combines with other tailwinds as GFL continues to improve its debt.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    Rheaply eyes expansion plans in multiple cities to reuse more furniture amid office rethink

    The Chicago-based startup aims to bring more businesses onto its reusable materials exchange platform to divert items from disposal.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    3 finalists for waste conversion facility named in Atlantic County, New Jersey

    The finalists will benefit from the county’s waste flow ordinance, which ensures access to a waste stream that has topped 100,000 tons a year in recent years.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    CWST 2023 earnings

    Casella says acquisition activity, safety improvements marked an ‘exceptional’ year

    Casella touted a successful year from numerous acquisitions and operational improvements. Executives previewed further infrastructure upgrades at the Willimantic recycling facility, plus a $800M acquisition pipeline for 2024.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    5 issues to watch as New York reshapes its commercial waste system

    Many questions remain about how companies were selected, how much recycling investment will occur, how soon companies get electric vehicles, when implementation will begin and more.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    SWANA comes out in support of bottle bills

    The updated policy endorses container deposit systems that allow recyclers to participate, set higher deposit values and include curbside materials. It contrasts with NWRA’s general opposition to bottle bills.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Massachusetts legislature keeps multiple waste and recycling bills in play after key deadline

    Bills seeking to ban certain plastic products, update the state’s bottle bill and establish extended producer responsibility laws for packaging, paint and mattresses all survived an initial committee deadline on Feb. 8.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    CalRecycle director stepping down in March

    Rachel Machi Wagoner will leave her role after three years in the position. The director job will be challenging to fill, industry experts say, as the agency is in the middle of implementing several high-profile laws.

    By Updated Feb. 15, 2024
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    WM 2023 earnings

    WM touts sustainability spending, ‘strong’ operations growth to wrap up Q4

    Executives credited price and cost-saving measures for Q4 earnings growth and said the company will invest up to $2.9B in its recycling and renewable energy platforms through 2026.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Who came out on top with New York commercial waste zone contracts?

    The 65 contracts recently awarded to provide service in the five boroughs effectively reset the market. Major companies such as Action Environmental and Waste Connections did well; others are left with tough choices.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Rumpke to supply PET feedstock for Eastman’s chemical recycling facility

    Rumpke will provide “hard-to-recycle” PET meant to be turned into new plastics for packaging applications. The effort could also help enhance the existing PET market, Rumpke says.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    Interstate Waste Services acquiring Oak Ridge in regional expansion

    The transaction marks the first sizable purchase since New Jersey-based IWS was recapitalized last year. Oak Ridge Waste & Recycling’s assets cover multiple markets in Connecticut and New York.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
  • Four different colored tubes of Colgate toothpaste with the message "Recycle Me!" printed on the tubes.
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    Colgate-Palmolive faces lawsuit over ‘misleading’ recyclable toothpaste tube claims

    A judge denied the company’s request to throw out a lawsuit that consumers filed a year and a half after Colgate introduced a monomaterial HDPE tube. The product’s recyclability has been hotly debated.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
  • A Greyparrot Analyzer sits above a belt filled with recyclable materials at a Bollegraaf test center
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    Bollegraaf, Greyparrot partner to boost AI capabilities in MRFs

    The partnership aims to retrofit “thousands” of recycling facilities with AI equipment, which the companies say is key to raising recycling rates and helping operators gain insight into waste streams.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Q&A

    Balcones Recycling leaders tout strong MRF network, municipal contract foundation

    Tom Outerbridge and Adam Vehik say the merger between Sims Municipal Recycling and Balcones Resources has strengthened recycling operations and set the table for future growth.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
  • Sideview of a DSNY automated sideloader waste truck prototype in Manhattan
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    NYC containerization

    New York to pilot automated collection of large containers for high-density buildings

    DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch described this as the biggest advance for local waste collection technology in decades as the city continues its push toward containerization and limiting manual collection.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Courtesy of City of Seattle
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    Seattle enacts battery and electronics disposal ban to prevent fires

    The ban by Seattle Public Utilities, which includes most batteries as well as electronics with embedded batteries, comes ahead of a statewide battery EPR program with similar provisions starting in 2027.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
  • The exterior of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
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    EPA seeks feedback on updated Waste Reduction Model to compare materials management practices

    The agency recently released the 16th version of WARM, which provides local governments with a high-level estimate for emissions, energy impacts and other factors for different strategies.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
  • Workers at Eco-Cycle MRF in Boulder, Colorado
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    Colorado’s needs assessment offers glimpse into state’s EPR implementation

    Recycling access is uneven in the state, the needs assessment finds. It calls for MRF and transfer station upgrades, a minimum recyclables list and other updates to add access for 500,000 households.

    By Jan. 31, 2024