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    NYC commercial waste reform

    New York City awards historic commercial waste zone contracts ahead of September transition

    Action Environmental and Waste Connections each netted more than a dozen contracts. Other locally based companies also received multiple awards.

    By Updated Jan. 30, 2024
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    Recology’s $35M MRF aims to process nearly 3 times more recyclables

    The modernized and expanded California MRF aims to process about 400 tons a day and raise the recovery rate of curbside recyclables to about 85%, Recology said.

    By Jan. 30, 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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    The waste and recycling industry outlook for 2024

    Recycling policy, PFAS regulations, landfill methane, organics infrastructure and M&A are all expected to be key topics for the year ahead.

    By Waste Dive Staff • Jan. 29, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    EPR, bottle bills and right-to-repair legislation make a return in 2024 with nuanced new details

    New state legislation for EPR, bottle bills and right-to-repair will become more complex in 2024, but lawmakers are playing a long game to build consensus around such involved bills, experts say.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Zero-waste advocates see opportunity in EPA’s $4.6B GHG reduction grants

    The U.S. EPA is offering funding for states, municipalities and tribes to implement major climate projects. Advocates say that interested groups need to be part of local plans by March 1.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Layoffs hit Oregon deposit return system

    The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative declined to give details on the number of layoffs but said the “small number” of employees were let go due to “changes in our business environment.”

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    Vermont Senate declines to override veto of bottle bill expansion

    The bottle bill expansion, which Gov. Phil Scott vetoed last summer, would have added additional types of containers, raised the handling fee and more.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    New York EPR bill gets refreshed 2024 push

    Environmental groups are once again backing the New York Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act, which also drew support from New York City’s Department of Sanitation last year.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    Recycled fiber markets may see recovering demand, sluggish supply in 2024

    During a recovered paper market update hosted by ISRI, analysts said recycled content demand should improve in 2024, but global supply chain issues and supply constraints will be a challenge.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    EPR, multifamily improvements could boost stagnant 21% residential recycling rate, TRP says

    The Recycling Partnership’s latest report says “every material type is under-recycled” and calls for local and state policies, along with MRF improvements and other strategies, to improve residential rates.

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    Circularix becomes latest rPET customer for Republic Services

    The Macquarie-backed rPET manufacturer is now operating one facility in Pennsylvania, with another scheduled to open this year. This marks the latest supply agreement for Republic’s new polymer center network.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Sustana rebrand unifies distinct fiber businesses

    The rebrand lets the company “talk about the whole story,” from material sourcing to recycling, including efforts like its paper cup recycling pilot program with Starbucks.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    New York solid waste plan calls for disposal surcharge, expanded food diversion requirements

    The new plan includes several focus areas and recommendations to reach a goal of 85% recycling of the total waste stream, as well as lower waste emissions, by 2050. It also supports extended producer responsibility laws.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Los Angeles approves $11M MRF processing agreement for Athens, long-term contract pending

    Athens Services handles material for more than a third of the city-managed recycling program at its Sun Valley MRF. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works also raised rates at a city-owned transfer station.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    New Jersey governor signs EPR law for electric vehicle batteries

    It’s the first battery EPR law in the U.S. to include EVs. It also covers other “propulsion” batteries including lithium-ion and nickel varieties.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    Youngstown, Ohio, blocks pyrolysis plant with yearlong moratorium

    Youngstown, Ohio, has placed a one-year moratorium on pyrolysis facilities, temporarily blocking plans for a tires-to-fuel plant. The decision could have implications for other chemical recycling policies.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    California names Circular Action Alliance its sole producer responsibility organization

    The brand-led CAA had already been working in the state to connect with packaging producers. It is Colorado’s PRO and a member of Maryland’s EPR advisory committee.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
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    Opinion

    Let’s make paper recycling even stronger with EPR

    A group of 10 local recycling professionals from around the country responds to the paper industry’s opposition to EPR for packaging, citing low recycling rates for cardboard and paper products.

    Jan. 9, 2024
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    5 waste and recycling trends to watch in 2024

    The evolving M&A market, the rise of EPR, pending PFAS regulations, renewable natural gas and methane reduction are some of the biggest issues facing the industry this year.

    By , , Jan. 5, 2024
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    Binpong app offers a gamification experience to raise recycling rates

    The app’s developers see its map-based rewards system as a way to alleviate consumer confusion and motivate more frequent recycling when users are out and about.

    By Jan. 5, 2024
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    The Can Manufacturers Institute’s report proposes several ways to help MRF operators weather the economic impacts they feel when deposit return systems expand. It’s a response to an earlier report from NWRA.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    CalRecycle releases initial findings for recyclability labeling, EPR law implementation

    The agency published draft rules and a covered materials category list pertinent to SB 54 as well as the SB 343 preliminary findings report.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    Here’s where waste, recycling and organics laws changed on Jan. 1

    California, Connecticut, Washington and Rhode Island are among the jurisdictions enforcing new laws, including bottle bill updates and organics mandates.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    By the numbers: Key 2023 waste and recycling trends

    Look back on the year through data points on issues such as labor, M&A, federal funding, state policy and commodity pricing.

    By , , Dec. 22, 2023
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    Los Angeles commercial waste system at a crossroads amid contract renegotiation

    The recycLA program has seen positive results, but haulers are lagging on diversion targets and organics service. The city, while trying to amend the program, could issue a new RFP or even take over service itself.

    By Dec. 21, 2023