Following negotiations, an anaerobic digester is set to replace a mass burn facility in Long Beach. The transition occurs amid significant regulatory shifts for such facilities in California over the past decade.
The union alleges that Republic hired nonunion workers to transport MSW to landfills. An arbitrator ruled in favor of granting the Teamsters back pay for the case.
A judge denied the company’s request to throw out a lawsuit that consumers filed a year and a half after Colgate introduced a monomaterial HDPE tube. The product’s recyclability has been hotly debated.
After years of financial difficulties, the Covanta-operated Southeast Resource Recovery Facility is shutting down this month. Long Beach is looking to build organics processing capacity in its place via a pending RFP.
The funding goes toward a range of public and private awardees, including operations run by Agromin, Republic Services and a variety of local governments.
The agency published draft rules and a covered materials category list pertinent to SB 54, as well as the SB 343 preliminary findings report.
Composters can struggle to manage the wide variety of new packaging entering the market, leading to greater calls for labeling guidelines and testing. Cities like San Francisco and Minneapolis offer case studies in how to make it work.
The recycling, reuse and organics projects it supports are important for reaching the state’s waste diversion goal, according to its program manager.
A white paper from the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum offers suggestions for policymakers to “go beyond recycling” to consider how to make EPR policies more climate friendly.
In addition to standardizing what can be collected curbside and through special programs, the new rules also define “responsible” end markets and require PROs to manage materials according to relevant environmental and labor rules.