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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to approve the legislation, which would take effect in 2022. New York joins Washington in showing a willingness to target some plastics, despite a push by industry groups to promote their products during the pandemic.
Some states are changing policies as an old debate gains new traction. While prior research shows consumers could wash reusable bags more often, there's no clear proof single-use bags are less likely to spread the novel coronavirus.
Pre-pandemic, the Department of Streets and Sanitation announced plans for a new waste study, aldermen called for oversight hearings and residual rates were a controversial issue. This attention comes as recycling contracts are up for renewal soon.
New York City and San Francisco are including curbside organics collection among essential public services. But fallout from COVID-19 has meant dramatic changes for small-scale composters, including temporary program suspensions.
Commercial volumes are down dramatically in many markets, employee hours are being cut and contract terms are tested. According to many service providers, how they respond could have lasting reputational and financial implications.
The Tennessee-based company, known for its focus on privatizing publicly-owned landfills, has grown into a vertically-integrated player with assets in nine states. The deal would give Republic new capacity in multiple key markets.
Neil Seldman, director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Waste to Wealth initiative, advocates for the use of common terminology in policy discussions around recycling.
The federal relief package prioritizes other industries, but SWANA and ISRI indicated smaller businesses and individual workers would still benefit. NWRA is calling on Congress to pass the package "without delay."
Major brands like Starbucks and Dunkin' have banned the use of personal to-go containers in recent weeks over coronavirus fears, raising new questions in a wider debate around packaging safety.
As highlighted in a recent Northeast Recycling Council webinar, research shows that a recyclable product isn’t always the one that creates less waste or uses fewer valuable resources.
The normal supply chain for excess food has been upended due to an economic freeze keeping people home in many parts of the country. ReFED and others are tracking the issue and working to help food recovery efforts continue.
Pressure on overwhelmed grocery stores and ongoing concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 via recyclables are key issues. Additional changes may be coming in the remaining four states with bottle bills.
The federal workplace safety regulator's previous guidance said any municipal solid waste with coronavirus connections should be treated as regulated medical waste, sparking concerns throughout the industry. NWRA and SWANA pushed for the change.
Medical waste companies are seeking a uniform approach as the industry braces for coronavirus waste impact. NWRA, Stericycle and others are warning against "overclassifying" coronavirus waste as medical waste as part of that effort.
The coronavirus outbreak prompted delays in equipment upgrades at Renewlogy's Utah facility that are necessary to continue the Hefty EnergyBag program.
Concerns persist about infection exposure while social distancing requirements are changing how collection routes and MRFs are operated. Labor unions are calling for answers around paid leave policies.
Several areas across the country have temporarily cut programs as the pandemic ramps up, citing COVID-19 safety fears and dwindling availability of incarcerated workers at MRFs.
This rapidly evolving crisis is having new ripple effects every day – service disruptions, facility closures, volume shifts and more. Stay informed with our regular updates.
China has seen staggering amounts of medical waste. It is unclear if U.S. impacts might be similar, but companies such as Veolia North America and Stericycle are closely monitoring new developments.
A new agenda calls for the expansion of curbside residential organics collection citywide along with more than a dozen other policies to accelerate progress toward "zero waste" by 2030. Any mention of a "save-as-you-throw" program is notably absent.