Recycling


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    5 packaging innovation trends to watch in 2024: SPC

    AI, digital labeling and “paperization” top the movements highlighted in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s inaugural Packaging Innovation Trends Report.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Education, transparency key to improving New York City’s recycling system, experts say

    Recycling capture rates declined from 2017 to 2023 in New York City. Critics say DSNY is losing its focus on waste reduction and should redouble its efforts to get recycling and organics collection right.

    By Updated April 11, 2024
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    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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    LRS hires more C-suite execs as company refocuses under new leadership

    LRS also underwent a recent round of layoffs, citing "ongoing integration efforts." The changes come after the Macquarie-backed company completed restructuring plans following a period of rapid growth through acquisitions.

    By April 4, 2024
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    GFL acquires sizable Florida C&D company Angelo’s Recycled Materials

    The family-run operation includes a C&D landfill and multiple locations. GFL Environmental CEO Patrick Dovigi previously said the deal would constitute about half of the company’s spending on M&A for the year.

    By Updated April 4, 2024
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    Circular Action Alliance is lone PRO to submit program plan for Oregon EPR

    The brands-led group, which is already active in Colorado, California and Maryland, is eyeing end-of-year approval for its plan, as 2025 recycling changes loom.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Domestic PCR-virgin resin battle faces global headwinds but finds local remedies

    PCR markets are still facing competition with virgin resin and oversupply headwinds, but future recycled content policy impacts and changes to contracts could help, said speakers at the Plastics Recycling Conference.

    By April 3, 2024
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    DOE awards $62M in grants for consumer battery collection and recycling

    AMP, the New York Department of Sanitation, ERI, Call2Recycle and researchers from numerous state labs are among the recipients of the grants, meant to increase domestic collection and recycling of consumer batteries.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Legislation, film plastics and data collection take center stage at Plastics Recycling Conference

    Attendees brainstormed ways to remedy the supply and demand mismatch for recycled plastic, grow film and chemical recycling opportunities and take advantage of plastic waste’s attention-grabbing moment in policy.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Chemical recycling plants are on the rise. What does it mean for MRF operators?

    Chemical recyclers see MRFs and specialty collection partnerships as important feedstock sources to fulfill production promises, but experts say it’s too early to determine how they could influence recycled plastic markets.

    By , April 1, 2024
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    Massachusetts recyclers look to take their programs to the next level

    MassRecycle is looking beyond its decades-old name, “expanding our scope to match the multitude of possibilities available in sustainable materials management,” the nonprofit’s president said at an event this month.

    By March 27, 2024
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    PCR procurement platform Circular eyes expansion with $10.5M in funding

    Circular plans to expand internationally, add employees and introduce materials besides plastics to the platform.

    By March 27, 2024
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    UBQ Materials eyes Northeast for its first waste-to-thermoplastic US facility

    The Israel-based startup, which makes thermoplastics from mixed waste, is looking to bring its first facility to North America. This follows the recent launch of a facility in the Netherlands and a $70 million funding round.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Otto selected for contract to provide 3.2M ‘NYC Waste Bins’

    The company would provide rolling bins for roughly 765,000 residential buildings across the city. The contract would take effect after a hearing scheduled for April 8.

    By March 25, 2024
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    New book tackles waste crisis at the personal and policy levels

    Author Edward Humes’ new book, “Total Garbage,” aims to serve as a how-to guide for reducing waste in everyday life while advocating for changes in U.S. waste policy through EPR and other means.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Collection trucks get AI upgrades to fight contamination

    Truck-mounted, AI-enabled cameras are helping haulers identify and measure recycling contamination in real time, allowing them to communicate directly with customers on how to improve. Many haulers, including WM, use the tech.

    By March 22, 2024
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    CMI calls for bottle bill policies that prioritize EJ, informal recycling communities

    A Can Manufacturers Institute report calls for container deposit systems that are convenient and inclusive for more kinds of users, particularly informal recyclers, unhoused people and immigrants.

    By March 20, 2024
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    SWANA CEO envisions collaborative environment to build safety, culture

    Amy Lestition Burke, SWANA’s new CEO, says building partnerships can make the industry and the organization stronger and better resourced to take on climate change and an evolving workforce.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Textile recycling company Infinited Fiber closes $43.8M funding round

    Funding comes from companies such as Inditex, H&M and Adidas. The news comes after Renewcell, its competitor in the recycled materials space, filed for bankruptcy due to lack of funding.

    By Laurel Deppen • March 18, 2024
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    Keurig brewing up compostable K-Rounds as alternative to plastic coffee pods

    The company is still in the process of testing the rounds, which have a seaweed-derived coating. Keurig also plans to launch a mail-back program for its polypropylene K-Cups, which are not going away.

    By March 15, 2024
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    Environmental justice funding and recycling resources top of mind at NRC conference

    National Recycling Congress participants such as Reloop and the the U.S. EPA delved into the roles both small community groups and large federal agencies play in advancing environmental justice initiatives. 

    By March 13, 2024
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    California opens public comment period on draft EPR regulations

    The public comment period will run until April 23, when CalRecycle will host a public hearing. The agency estimates more than 13,000 producers would be affected by the regulation.

    By March 13, 2024
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    DOE’s $4M e-scrap recycling prize seeks recovery and reuse innovations

    The three-phase competition aims to bolster critical materials recovery from electronics. The DOE will offer technical support as well as a $50,000 cash prize for the first round of winners. 

    By March 12, 2024
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    Stakeholders call for more details on Maine’s latest EPR rules draft

    Ameripen, AF&PA, Aroostook Waste Solutions and others called for a more comprehensive needs assessment, technical assistance for municipalities and flexibility for producers.

    By March 11, 2024
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    LASAN putting recycLA commercial waste program out to bid, ending contract extension talks

    LA Sanitation and Environment officials hope that a reconfigured “recycLA 2.0” can yield better environmental outcomes and more competitive pricing by 2027. The move affects haulers such as Athens Services, WM and Republic Services.

    By March 8, 2024
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    Rubicon reports further progress on profitability plan during 2023

    The company reported improvements in metrics such as adjusted gross profit and adjusted EBITDA due to higher-margin business with multiple clients, but it did not provide financial guidance for the year.

    By March 8, 2024