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Pasco County commissioners approved initial plans to expand the facility, despite concerns over the potential $525 million cost. County officials deemed the move essential, but some said recycling efforts need improvement.
Industry groups are following OSHA's lead and not advising the use of face coverings nationwide yet. In the meantime, more service providers are using them and both state and local governments are increasingly issuing policies.
The coronavirus has paused activity for high-profile bills focused on packaging, including one with momentum in Maine. Backers believe the current financial strain on local governments makes these policies even more important.
Graham Rihn discusses the Pittsburgh company's plans to scale its business, focused on capturing smaller volumes through source-separated collection, along with COVID-19 effects for a variety of customers.
The U.S. Small Business Administration could not provide a breakdown of how much went to the industry from a broader $15 billion funding category. Trade groups are aware of smaller companies applying, but also do not have data.
Integrated Waste Solutions recently acquired Central Texas Refuse and a sizable greenfield landfill project. Chairman Charlie Appleby and board member David Green discuss its potential to become "a very large company."
The new coronavirus pandemic has brought sweeping changes to the U.S., including significant effects for an industry deemed essential and continuing its work. Catch up on all of Waste Dive's original reporting here.
The Recycling Partnership, NWRA, SWANA and others argue recycling should be in the next stimulus effort as part of any infrastructure designation amid fears that momentum around national bills has faltered during the pandemic.
Precautions previously in place for industry disruptions did not account for a coronavirus-induced economic disruption. Companies and public sector consultants discuss what's next more than a month in.
Project Drawdown's 2020 report, released before the COVID-19 pandemic, elevated food waste as an increasingly relevant solution while highlighting the role industry can play in tackling the issue through reducing waste sent to landfills.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers and Northeast Recycling Council have teamed up for a public sector version of the Demand Champions program. Bags, carts, furniture and more are seen as opportunities for boosting recycling demand through procurement.
The Environmental Working Group singled out around 30 landfills as potential sources. While the pandemic diverts attention from PFAS, federal lawmakers say current focus on public health could drive regulation of the toxic chemicals.
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Iowa, West Virginia and Kentucky have all temporarily suspended disposal bans due to workforce limitations. At the same time, many municipalities are grappling with a sudden uptick in yard waste as residents stay home.
Surges in consumer toilet paper and e-commerce purchases are causing a boom in demand for certain types of recycled fiber, but supply is falling short. Moore & Associates, ISRI, Closed Loop Partners, The Recycling Partnership and others weigh in.
The ReThink Disposable program, designed to help restaurants switch to reusables, was a model for Berkeley's foodware ordinance set to fully take effect this summer. Whether the COVID-19 pandemic will disrupt those plans remains to be seen.
Social distancing has become a challenge, PPE is in high demand and staffing availability is shifting. While MRFs in some states have closed, the industry's biggest residential recyclers report their facilities are still largely operational.
The city's outsized numbers far surpass reported cases involving the industry in other metropolitan areas, based on inquiries by Waste Dive, but transparency is limited and collection workers remain concerned about ongoing exposure risks.
Waste Management recently sent force majeure letters to municipal customers warning of potential issues during the pandemic. Other companies are also making changes that could temporarily disrupt residential recycling.
While some of the industry's largest companies have expanded leave policies and raised hourly wages, smaller operators may be less equipped to adapt.