This Week in Waste: Top Stories December 19 - 22

The holidays are upon us. That means that waste is doubling, and the industry is ready for it. Here are this week's top stories on

Waste360 Staff, Staff

December 22, 2022

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Minnesota Pilots Innovative PFAS Treatment

Arlene Karidis

Minnesota has become among the first U.S. investors in an Australian-born technology that leverages PFAS’s natural tendencies to remediate these toxic, persistent chemicals.  Surface-Active Foam Fractionation (SAFF) removes PFAS from water and soil by pulling it from foam on water’s surface, where these compounds are known to concentrate.

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Waste Industry Drops Ranking in List of Nation's Deadliest Industries

Refuse and recyclable materials collection has dropped to the 7th most deadliest job in the United States, according to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The agency released its 2021 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that showed a dropped in workplace fatalities for the industry with 27.9 per 100,000 full-time fatalities in 2021, down from 33.1 in 2020.

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Staying on Top of the Curbside Holiday Load

Arlene Karidis

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year, according to a study from Stanford University. That’s a whopping 25 million tons that make its way into the stream. Joe Vaillancourt, CEO of Cyclyx, discusses packaging and some other materials to be on the look out for in the bins these next couple of weeks. 

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Survey Says: Holiday Shoppers Want More Recycling Options

Fiber-based packaging manufacturer DS Smith recently completed a survey that showed how consumers feel about recycling during the holidays. The survey revealed that consumers are "committed" to recycling packages. However, when recycling bins are full, they are less likely to continue throwing recyclable materials where they need to go.

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Episode 177: Words of Wisdom from Our Top 9 Podcast Guests of 2022

Liz Bothwell

Over the year, we talked with some of the top waste, recycling and sustainability experts on the Waste360 NothingWasted! Podcast.

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