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Preventing food waste at the source remains a priority over simply diverting it from disposal, panelists said during a discussion on setting and reaching national food waste targets, part of this week's NYC Food Waste Fair.
Lawmakers have tackled legislation aimed at cutting single-use plastics, reducing materials headed to disposal and increasing recycled content use, but also missed the chance to pass other high-profile EPR bills.
The bill bans plastic bags and foam containers by 2024, and imposes a 10-cent bag fee in the meantime. It also allows municipalities to pass stricter ordinances, making Colorado the first state to repeal a preemption policy.
Updated guidance encourages employers to give paid time off for vaccinations. The agency also published a long-awaited emergency temporary standard, but only specific to healthcare employees.
Also in this week's municipal news roundup: a major recycling facility fire in Phoenix, additional reports of service disruptions stemming from worker shortages, and more updates from around the country.
The bill would also expand the list of eligible beverage containers and allow distributors to propose a stewardship system in the future. If signed, this would be the most significant update to Connecticut's program since it began.
State lawmakers and activists in California want the Biden administration to prioritize a treaty to curb waste dumping in developing countries. Meanwhile, Palo Alto is struggling to account for where exported waste ends up.
Plus: Driver shortages impact garbage, recycling, yard and bulk pickups in multiple states, and Georgia, South Carolina and Colorado see legislative actions on single-use plastics, tires and recycling access.
The administration also recently announced $14.5 million for plastics recycling through the U.S. Department of Energy. Initial stakeholder reaction has been mixed on the scope and focus of these proposed investments.
With 70% of its routed fleet already there, that goal is for the next five to seven years. “We're going to continue to buy predominantly CNG where the opportunity exists," said COO John Morris, following a new fleets report.
The long-awaited U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission document may answer some of the questions employers have had, but other areas remain less certain.
From the plastics crisis and packaging innovation, it's time to discuss how the industry can work both internally and externally to help build a sustainable future.
CFOs should create a new agenda around "the three R's": risk, regulation and returns, in an effort to better understand the trade-offs between economic outcomes and broader value outcomes, panelists said at Gartner's CFO & Finance Executive Conference.
Plus: recycling updates in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky, and tips on building community support for waste reduction initiatives from Texas.
Dow, LyondellBasell and Nova are working with Closed Loop Partners to invest up to $100 million in projects meant to develop markets for polypropylene and polyethylene, two resins that face market and recycling challenges.
The group's recommendations are due to come later in the year, but its establishment could provide clues about how the administration will approach key labor issues.
A recent Teamsters-backed effort to tie executive compensation to environmental performance was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the pay gap between solid waste CEOs and median employees continues to widen.
The EPA's final rule on municipal solid waste landfill emissions starts the clock for operators to comply with federal requirements as the Biden administration and activists urge swifter climate action.
Plus: California's budget surplus yields $130 million proposal for recycling infrastructure, New York City progresses on solutions for its curbside trash problem, and more municipal news from around the U.S.
The program will expand in 2022 to include employees' nearly 34,000 benefits-eligible dependents, and will be a "key differentiator" for the company, said Chief People Officer Tamla Oates-Forney.