This Week in Waste: Top Stories December 5 - 9

As conferences come to a close for 2022, the waste and recycling industry continues to navigate the complexities of PFAS and plastics reduction. Here are this week's top stories.

December 9, 2022

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Episode 175: Understanding PFAS and Its Complexities (Part 2)

Liz Bothwell

In our latest episode of NothingWasted!, we bring you part two of a popular session from WasteExpo. You will hear Bryan Staley, President and CEO, Environmental Research and Education Foundation and Kevin Torrens, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell talk about treatment options and technologies. #NothingWastedPodcast


Zero Waste Scotland Examines Biostabilization of Residual Waste

Stefanie Valentic

The country of Scotland has placed a ban on the disposal of biodegradable municipal waste to landfill, which is expected to be implemented in December 2025. A new report prepared for Zero Waste Scotland analyzed different mechanical biological treatment technologies (MBT).


2022 Officially the Worst Year for Waste and Recycling Facility Fires

Ryan Fogelman

The good news is we finally had a reprieve from the record months we have been experiencing in the waste and recycling industry this year. However in November, 2022 officially surpassed 2021 and 2018 as the worst year for waste and recycling facility fires in the U.S. and Canada with 268 fire incidents, and we still have the entire month of December to go.


Beyond Plastics Urges Consumers to Avoid Plastic Gift Cards This Holiday Season

John Pierron

With 17 percent of Americans hoping to receive gift cards for the holidays, Beyond Plastics is urging consumers to utilize alternatives to typical plastic PVC gift cards. Holding numerous controversies and complications, the organization is hoping to encourage the use of paper or electronic gift cards this holiday season.


Los Angeles, San Diego Approve Ordinances Banning Polystyrene

Stefanie Valentic

Council members in Los Angeles unanimously approved ordinances aimed at moving the city closer to zero waste.


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