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Recycling proponents split on $1B RECOVER Act ask for future pandemic relief package

Efforts to fold a recycling infrastructure bill into a potential “phase four” coronavirus relief package from Congress are meeting with resistance from environmental groups, as well as skepticism from some in the industry. An April 16 letter from a number of trade groups has been slammed by opponents as a “plastics bailout” that would see pandemic aid…
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Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

Spurred by market challenges, the Hill has seen a historic influx of big bills. Keep up on all the latest developments with our legislative tracker. Waste Dive has tracked the effects of international policy decisions and fluctuating commodity markets on U.S. recycling programs since 2017. The fallout has taken a toll on the sector and helped spark…
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With EPR bills frozen due to coronavirus in many states, proponents still see path forward

The coronavirus has paused activity for multiple high-profile bills focused on packaging, including one that had momentum in Maine. Before the novel coronavirus pandemic took hold, legislation aimed at addressing long-running issues around recycling was gaining more attention than it had in decades. But that momentum has stalled now that state legislatures and Congress have…
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How coronavirus is disrupting US waste and recycling

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. The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the global economy and brought sweeping changes to the United States. The waste and recycling industry’s essential public health role means it must continue…
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COVID-19 turns some recycled fiber market dynamics on their head

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. Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting many changes in the recycling industry, including notable shifts in the recycled fiber market as demand skyrockets for certain types and supply dwindles.…
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How the $2T coronavirus stimulus package expected to directly help small haulers and frontline workers

UPDATE: March 27, 2020: President Donald Trump signed the more than $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday. The move came after the House of Representatives passed the relief legislation despite objections from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who sought to demand lawmakers vote in person. House leadership overcame Massie’s efforts to demand a full roll-call vote and sent the…
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Nobody Predicted This

I don’t recall seeing the coronavirus listed in any predictions for garbage and recycling in 2020. Nor, I suspect, did any solid waste plans have contingencies for managing garbage and recycling in a pandemic. After all, we have so little experience in this area. As I write this, no one really knows when this will…
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COVID-19: Teamsters Urge “Big 3” to Ensure Health, Safety of Waste Workers

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has requested for the CEOs of Waste Management (WM), Republic Services and Waste Connections to provide employees with adequate next steps for ensuring the health and safety of Teamsters members as they continue serving communities during the COVID-19 public health crisis. In letters sent on March 18, Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling…
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NWRA Pushes for Regulatory Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is working diligently on behalf of the waste and recycling industry by remaining engaged with Congress and the Trump administration to include the waste industry in the national emergency declaration. Doing so would lift certain restrictions, allowing the waste industry to properly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. NWRA has sent a letter…
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Electric refuse trucks on the road or on the way in rising number of states

A recent SWANA event in Maine highlighted the presence of BYD, Lion and others in this quickly evolving sector. It was also a reminder that charging infrastructure remains a notable hurdle. Permission granted by Mack   Electric collection vehicles, an increasingly common sight around the world, are on track to become more prevalent in the…
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