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Recent research shows better performance across multiple environmental measures for WTE versus landfills, but few U.S. communities show an interest in new facilities, and opposition continues to limit growth.
Currently being considered in the Senate, the bill would strengthen the ability of unions to form and collectively bargain, amend the definition of a joint employer and bring many other changes to the workplace.
The Northeast company touted "productive conversations" with other potential sellers in the region, and it estimated the McKean Landfill could come online in Pennsylvania by the end of 2022, during its latest earnings call.
The labor shortage and coronavirus pose some uncertainty, the company acknowledged, but it raised guidance based on strong recovery trends. Executives also discussed new landfill gas and recycling opportunities.
While Canada's economic recovery is expected to roll into next year, the company is already seeing pre-pandemic volumes in other areas and big free cash flow gains. A new focus on landfill gas projects may boost that trend.
The amount of solar panels reaching the waste stream is expected to grow significantly, and with it the opportunities for safe, sustainable recycling or reuse. Product stewardship programs are also expected to play a role.
The PFAS Action Act, which passed the House, gives EPA a deadline to designate certain PFAS as hazardous substances and establish drinking water standards. Landfill operators feel in limbo until more decisions are made.
The company saw record recycling results and plans to accelerate investment in that area this year. It also increased its annual guidance yet again, seeing further potential to recover business affected by the pandemic.
In her first Waste Dive interview since starting the new role, Tara Hemmer describes sustainability as a "growth lever" for the industry giant. She also weighs in on the landfill emissions debate, plastics and waste reduction.
Also in this week's municipal news roundup: recycling and organics program developments from Cleveland, New York City and Rochester, New York, and still more labor shortages disrupting collection services.
The deal is a major expansion for Noble, one of the state's largest private haulers. GFL acquired the sites as part of the Waste Management-Advanced Disposal divestiture package last year.
Price indices are at record highs, but companies are still clamoring for materials as they try to keep pace with heightened e-commerce demand.
The Next Generation in Trucking Association has a nationally registered apprenticeship program, which it says can help employers retain drivers.
State lawmakers have made significant headway on laws about EPR, recycled content mandates and plastic products. Other bills are still in play, and experts anticipate even more possible changes in 2022.
In this week’s municipal news roundup: Denver and St. Louis feel the effects of labor shortages, and leaders in Portland, Oregon, seek to widen their worker candidate pools.
Chicago has one of the lowest diversion rates among major U.S. cities. Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar said it would be "a big leap" to set any type of zero waste target and the city is focused on "interim steps."
Covanta CEO Michael Ranger said the pending sale to Swedish firm EQT Infrastructure "represents an excellent outcome of our strategic review."
Only around 40% of the country's top 100 firms lobby for green legislation. We have "run out of time to waste," said sustainability nonprofit Ceres.
Although the president and congressional majority are aligned on increasing competition in certain sectors, it’s not clear agencies will bring much firepower to the effort.
Anaergia, BDC, Generate Capital and Vanguard Renewables believe they're poised to expand food waste recycling around the country. ESG trends, rising disposal tip fees and state or local policies are all key drivers.