Recycling: Page 3


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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
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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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    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
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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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    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
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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
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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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    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
  • A man stands in a food recovery facility next to a sign that sayd "5 million pounds trucked not chucked"
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    (2023). [Photograph]. Retrieved from NYS DEC.
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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
  • Truck collecting a blue recycling cart in Los Angeles, with a black cart for trash and green cart for organic waste on the curb
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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