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Will Circular Economy and Climate Goals Transform the Waste Industry’s Status Quo?

Historically, business waste management status quo was to landfill; now, organizations are more interested in waste diversion improvements. The pace and scale of ESG reporting trends and zero waste initiatives across organizations, large and small, private and public, have initiated a greater shift toward measurable carbon reductions and landfill diversion efforts. Are these efforts changing the status quo?

Some circular economy efforts getting the most attention include organics processing, enhanced recycling technology and programs, improvements on waste-to-energy equipment, and supply chain materiality reductions. While action, ideals, and actual practices have yet to catch up, it does seem that between new legislation and stakeholder pressure on businesses to transition to a circular economy, the status quo is beginning to shift.…

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Avoiding Fines for Improper Dumping of Hazardous Materials

In September of 2021, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, together with 33 other California District and City Attorneys, reached a settlement for violations of hazardous waste regulations against the beauty company Ulta. The ruling followed an investigation of Ulta stores’ improper storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous and other regulated waste and inadequate employee training. The company has five stores in Contra Costa County and 161 facilities in California.

Under the settlement, the corporation must pay $439,500 in civil penalties, $250,000 in costs and $62,500 in supplemental environmental projects. The company will also be required to implement compliance assurance programs.…

The Future of Recycling Policy in the U.S.

After the COVID-19 pandemic stalled most legislative advances in 2020, 2021 has been a very busy year, particularly for state recycling legislation. The rise in activity can also be attributed to a growth in public concern and political pressure around certain high profile waste issues, together with international economic triggers, including trade decisions and fluctuating commodity markets.

As a result, lawmakers are focusing on a range of issues, from diverting organics from landfill, to chemical recycling and banning single use plastics and foam foodservice packaging.

The proposed legislation could dramatically change the way the U.S. handles recycling over the next few years, with the potential for vast improvements in infrastructure, together with advances in organics recycling, education, product bans, bottle bills and requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiatives.…

Federal Recycling-Related Bills

Congress has also seen a historic influx of big bills in 2021, although these haven’t progressed at quite the same rate as they have at the state level.
In 2020, the only environmental bill to make it into law was the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act. The bill aims to reduce, remove and prevent plastic waste in the environment, especially waterways, through clean-up efforts and investments in plastic recycling infrastructure.
The following bills have been introduced to Congress this year:

Bill

Summary

Status

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Calls for EPR programs for packaging and a nationwide 10-cent beverage container deposit program.

State Recycling-Related Bills

Below we have summarized some of the most important recent recycling and waste legislation that has been passed, state by state:

State

Bill

Category

Breakdown of the Bill

Colorado HB 1162 Plastics ban Bans single-use plastic bags at most stores and EPS takeout containers at most restaurants.
Connecticut SB 928 Minimum recycled content Directs the department of Energy and Environmental Protection to create a plan to implement a minimum recycled content policy.
Connecticut SB1037 Bottles bill Doubles deposit value to 10 cents and expands types of containers accepted.
Louisiana SB 97 Chemical recycling Classifies advanced recycling as a manufacturing process rather than solid waste management.