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Too Good To Go is Fighting Food Waste

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Did you know that if people stopped wasting food the United Kingdom could save £14 billion and could cut global emissions by eight percent?

Social impact start-up Too Good To Go is fighting food waste and its app helps consumers buy unsold food from local cafes, stores and restaurants for a reduced price. To date, it’s saved 30 million boxes of unsold food from going to waste across the 14 countries and its prevented 5,000 tons of CO2.

 The Company also launched a not-for-profit called Support Local. This new initiative helps businesses offer their food as take-out, instead of ending up as food waste.

Too Good To Go recently completed a survey that shows nine out of ten adults are more aware of how much food they are wasting during the quarantine and over a third are throwing out less food than before COVID-19.

“I’m hoping a silver lining of this crisis is that people will value food more, and this is definitely going to be a message that we push out more now and in the future,” said Too Good To Go’s head of marketing, Georgina Preston.

Read the original story here. 

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Waste Connections Announces Dates for Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Release and Comments on Current Operating Environment

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 9, 2020 – Waste Connections, Inc. (TSX/NYSE: WCN) (“Waste Connections” or the “Company”) announced that it will report financial results for the second quarter of the 202 after the close of the stock market on August 6, 2020. The Company also provided commentary on the current operating environment.

“We are extremely encouraged by the signs of continuing recovery in solid waste activity, as revenue and adjusted EBITDA* in the second quarter are expected to exceed the preliminary thoughts we provided in early May based on April results. Reported revenue, which was originally expected to be down approximately 6.0%, is now expected to be down approximately 4.7% yearover year and adjusted EBITDA* margin, originally expected to be down approximately 200 basis points, is now expected to bedown between 90 basis points and 100 basis points year over year. The improving solid waste trends we noted in May continued throughout the quarter, driving better than expected results in solid waste collection, transfer and disposal. Such solid waste revenue on a same store basis in the second quarter is now expected to be down approximately 5.3% year over year, or down just 1.3% excluding Canada and the Northeast U.S., with the associated adjusted EBITDA* margin up year over year in spite ofthe impact of incremental COVID-19-related costs,” said Worthing F. Jackman, President and CEO. 

Mr. Jackman added, “High flow through from sequential improvements in solid waste commercial collection activity and landfill volumes set us up for a higher jumping off point for the balance of the year. We look forward to updating our full year 2020 outlook on our upcoming call to reflect both the benefit of July results and the expected contribution from recently completed solid waste acquisitions in Washington and Iowa/Nebraska totaling approximately $50 million in annualized revenues.”

The Company also noted, as further described in its Form 10- Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020, the potential for the recognition of impairment charges on its property and equipment and non-goodwill intangible assets associated with its exploration and production (“E&P”) segment. At such time and to the extent that the Company were to make a determination that the outlook for future oil prices and demand for the Company’s E&P waste services did not show sufficient improvement, this could result in the recognition of impairment charges. As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s E&P segment had $832.7million in property and equipment and $59.6 million of non-goodwill intangible assets, including $376.1 million of property and equipment and $2.4 million of non-goodwill intangible assets in the Williston Basin and $62.9 million of property and equipment in the Eagle Ford Basin. The Williston and Eagle Ford Basins have experienced a higher proportion of decline in demand for E&P waste services due to the higher cost of exploration and production in those areas relative to other basins.

As also described in its Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020, the Company noted the finalization of the tax regulations on April 7, 2020 under Internal Revenue Code section 267A, which would result in an estimated additional income tax expense related to 2019 of $27.4 million, or an estimated $0.10 per share impact, to be included in the Company’s quarterly reporting period ended June 30, 2020.

*Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is widely used by investors as a performance and valuation measure in the solid waste industry. Management uses adjusted EBITDA as one of the principal measures to evaluate and monitor the ongoing financial performance of Waste Connections’ operations. Waste Connections defines adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to Waste Connections, plus or minus net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, plus (less) income tax provision (benefit), plus interest expense, less interest income, plus depreciation and amortization expense, plusclosure and post-closure accretion expense, plus or minus any loss or gain on impairments and other operating items, plus other expense, less other income. Waste Connections further adjusts this calculation to exclude the effects of other items management believes impact the ability to assess the operating performance of its business. This measure is not a substitute for, and should be used in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures. Other companies may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently.

Q2 2020 Earnings Conference Call

Waste Connections will be hosting an investor conference call related to second quarter earnings on August 7th at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. To access the call, listeners should dial 800-747-0367 (within North America) or 212-231-2915 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and ask the operator for the Waste Connections conference call (a passcode is not required). A replay of the conference call will be available until August 14, 2020, by calling 800-633-8284 (within North America) or 402-977-9140 (international) and entering Passcode #21964629.

The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet through a link on our website at www.wasteconnections.com. A playback of the call will be available on our website. Copies of financial literature, including this release, are available on the Waste Connections website at www.wasteconnections.com or by contacting us directly at 832-442-2200.

Waste Connections also announced that executives of the Company currently plan on presenting at the following events during the third quarter of 2020:

August 10th -- Stifel Investor Summit

August 25th/26th -- Raymond James Diversified Industrials Conference

The Company will post any presentation slides on its website at www.wasteconnections.com under the tabs titled Investor Presentations and Investor Relations. The slides will be posted during the 24-hour period prior to the scheduled presentation time.

About Waste Connections

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets in the U.S. and Canada. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, Waste Connections is also a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource producing areas in the United States, including the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford Basins. Waste Connections serves more than seven million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers in 42 states in the U.S., and six provinces in Canada. The Company also provides intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste container in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit the Waste Connections web site at www.wasteconnections.com. Copies of financial literature, including this release, are available on the Waste Connections website or through contacting us directly at (905) 532-7510. Investors can also obtain these materials and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Canadian securities regulators free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and at the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval maintained by the Canadian Securities Administrators at www.sedar.com.

Safe Harbor and Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of1995 (“PSLRA”), including “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. These forward- looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance and reflect Waste Connections’ current beliefs and expectations regarding future events and operating performance. These forward-looking statements can be identified by use of forward-looking terminology, such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “should,” or “anticipates,” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by the discussions of strategy. All of the forward-looking statements included in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the PSLRA and applicable securities laws in Canada. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements about operating trends, expected financial results, 2020 outlook and related assumptions, including the expected impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the COVID-19 outbreak, and expected acquisition contribution. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially,from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC and the securities commissions or similar regulatory authorities in Canada. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Waste Connections undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.

CONTACT:

Mary Anne Whitney
(832) 442-2253
[email protected] 

Joe Box
(281) 873-3205
 [email protected]

June 2020 Fire Report: 34 Reported Incidents, 17 Successfully Eliminated by Fire Rover

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June is always a busy month for fires in waste and recycling facilities. June officially begins the “summertime spike” that we have been experiencing since I began tracking fire incidents in 2016.

This year is unique because June is not only the beginning of the summertime spike, but it is also the end to some stay-at-home orders initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the industry incurred 34 reported fire incidents at our waste and recycling facilities. Similar to years past, scrap metal fire incidents have stayed at 35% of the total number of fire incidents for the month. But also in keeping with the trends we have been seeing due to the pandemic, solid waste fire incidents are up as a percent of the total number.

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During the past 12 months, the waste and recycling industry has experienced 333 reported facility fires in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, we incurred 40 reported injuries and five deaths that can either be directly or indirectly attributed to these fire incidents.

Based on reasonable assumptions, we can extrapolate that 1,800-plus facility fires have occurred during that time, which, based on the number of facilities reported by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation, is more than 40% of the industry. I define “reported facility fires” as any fire that has been reported by the media that occurs at a waste or recycling facility in the U.S. and Canada. Typically, the fires that are reported by the media are large fires that require fire professionals to arrive on scene and where there are effects that the public can witness.

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Our Current Waste and Recycling Streams

In each of the past four months, we have seen an increase in the number of waste, paper and plastic fire incidents at our facilities versus their monthly historical average. I believe we are experiencing this increase due to a number of factors, including the transition of tonnage to curbside from commercial after the stay-at-home orders went into effect.

We saw a significant uptick in consumer purchases that mimicked the holiday shopping season, but unlike a normal Q4, we had a large decrease in commercial activity. We also experienced the “100-year spring cleaning,” where households organized, discarded, donated and recycled like we have never seen before.

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In June, we saw another stage of the pandemic as most of the country began to reopen. As this trend rolls into the historic summertime spike in fire incidents we have experienced, we need to continue to remain diligent — not just on our solid waste side of the business, as we typically see the number of scrap metal fires increase during the summer months.

In June, we experienced 12 reported fire incidents at our scrap metal, construction and demolition and electronics processing operations in the U.S. and Canada, which made up 35% of our monthly incidents. That was right in line when compared to the historical trend for the month of June from 2016 through 2019.

How Many Fires Did the Fire Rover Solution Eliminate?

Ever since I began sharing the reported waste and recycling facility fires with the public, I have been asked if I am able to share the incident data that our patented early detection and response solution has fought successfully. Although I will always keep our clients’ names confidential, I am proud to announce that in June, we successfully eliminated 17 fire incidents at our clients’ operations. We define an “elimination” as successfully detecting and responding to heat abnormality that needed response from the client, the local fire professionals or our Fire Rover solution to alleviate the problem.

It is true that some of these incidents are small, but there are a number of incidents that, without our early detection and response, would certainly have made the reported waste and recycling facility fire list published above.

For example, take a look at this incident videoNormal operating procedures combined with an unknown accelerant caused a large fire on our client's tip floor. Our remotely located Fire Rover Operator went into quick action, contacting local fire professionals and unloading more than 10,000 gallons of our environmentally friendly wetting agent onto the affected area. When the fire professionals arrived on the scene, they arrived to a smoke-filled but manageable situation where it was safe for them to finish the fight. Our client was back up and running the next day, processing the waste and recycling material that may have otherwise gone to a landfill.

Now that we have agreed on a solid definition internally, my team and I are keeping tight records that I plan to continue to share. Additionally, I plan to start adding this data to my analysis once we get enough data under our belt.

Fire Professional Injuries Down

Another positive this month was injuries incurred as a result of fire incidents. Fighting fires in the heat of the summer, wearing heavy equipment to protect our fire professionals from smoke and the heat from the flames doesn’t make for the safest conditions. Last year we saw a huge spike in fires which compromised 10 injuries across four incidents. We typically see more injuries during the summertime spike in fires that are related to heat that fire professionals are dealing with on top of the heat from the flames. (See this article from June 2019.) This month we only had two injuries across two incidents, which we can all hope is a trend that holds true for the rest of the summer.

Conclusion

We have officially made it to the second half of 2020. I think we can all agree that the first half of this year felt like an eternity. In next month’s article, I will spend some time analyzing the first half of this year. Have a safe July!

Ryan Fogelman, JD/MBA, is vice president of strategic partnerships for Fire Rover. He is focused on bringing innovative safety solutions to market, and two of his solutions have won the distinguished Edison Innovation Award for Industrial Safety and Consumer Products. He has been compiling and publishing the “The Reported Waste & Recycling Facility Fire In The US/CAN” since February 2016 and the “Waste & Recycling Facility Fire Annual Report.” Fogelman speaks regularly on the topic of the scope of fire problems facing the waste and recycling industries, detection solutions, proper fire planning and early-stage fire risk mitigation. Additionally, Fogelman is on the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee for Hazard Materials.

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Leading Companies from Across the Value Chain Take Action to Enhance Polypropylene Circularity with First Request for Proposals

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 8, 2020) – The Recycling Partnership is pleased to announce today the launch of its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an industry collaboration to improve polypropylene recovery and recycling in the United States and further develop the end-market of high-quality recycled polypropylene. The Coalition is also taking its first action by opening a Request For Proposals (RFP) for Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to apply for financial grants to enable improved sortation of polypropylene and widen acceptance through consumer education programs in communities. 

The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, as part of The Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity Initiative, is supported by funders representing all segments of the material’s value chain, including founding members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart Foundation.  Additional inaugural members include American Chemistry Council, Danone North America, EFS Plastics, KW Plastics, LyondellBasell, Procter & Gamble, St. Joseph Plastics, and Winpak.  The Coalition set an initial funding target of $35 million over five years and is seeking additional supporters.

“Together, we can stimulate a systemwide shift to increase the capture of polypropylene and demand for recycled content. We encourage all companies that use polypropylene to be part of the solution,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition’s work to improve and increase the recovery of polypropylene will support jobs, preserve natural resources, and help build a circular economy in the United States.”

This industry-wide collaborative will address key opportunities in recycling polypropylene, or No.5 plastic, which has properties that make it an invaluable material found in everyday consumer packaging such as yogurt cups, coffee pods, butter tubs, and many others. According to The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report, there may be as much as 1.6 billion pounds of polypropylene available per year from single-family homes that could be recycled into new products ranging from automotive parts to personal care and food packaging.

The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition’s RFP will improve polypropylene recycling in the United States by awarding grant dollars to be applied to purchasing polypropylene sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs in communities. Through funding like these grants, research, and consumer education programs, the Coalition aims to make it easier for people to recycle polypropylene in curbside recycling and ensure that more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities.

The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will be aided by an advisory committee of industry leaders including, Association of Plastic Recyclers, Closed Loop Partners, Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and World Wildlife Fund. Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner will serve as an independent advisor to the Coalition.

To learn more about the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, its members, and how to get involved in supporting its goals, visit recyclingpartnership.org/polypropylene-coalition. For MRFs interested in applying for a grant, the application is available on The Recycling Partnership’s website.

About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership (recyclingpartnership.org) is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in states, cities, and communities nationwide. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. The Recycling Partnership has served more than 1,500 communities and counting with best-in-class tools, data, resources, and technical support, helped place more than 700,000 recycling carts, reached 74 million American households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $57 million in recycling infrastructure. In doing so, The Recycling Partnership has created meaningful social, environmental, and economic change. By the end of 2019, the nonprofit change agent estimates it diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.

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NRT Launches Color-based Optical Sorter with Artificial Intelligence

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Nashville, Tenn. – July 8, 2020 – – The NRT ColorPlus™ with Max-AI® from National Recovery Technologies (NRT) integrates artificial intelligence (AI) into the company’s successful ColorPlus sorter. The additional layer of intelligence creates new sorting capabilities by combining the ColorPlus sorter’s high volume and high confidence capabilities with Max’s person-like identification decisions.  

The ColorPlus sorter employs a high-resolution RGB color line-scan sensor to identify and sort recyclables by color. Max-AI technology employs a camera and deep learning based AI to identify recyclables similar to the way a person does. Max-AI technology, launched by NRT parent company Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) in 2017, is already at work in more than 100 installations, making it recycling’s leading AI. While most of these installations use the technology in collaboration with robotic sorters, the Max-AI VIS (Visual Identification System) is also installed as stand-alone equipment and has already been integrated into the NRT SpydIR® with Max-AI®.

“From the beginning we realized Max was a game changer, not just for robotic sorters, but really for the industry on a system-wide level,” said BHS CEO Steve Miller. “This is another step forward as we continue to integrate Max into more of our equipment and intelligent system controls. NRT optical sorters are the best in the world at identifying material at very high confidence levels by color or material composition, but sometimes the most effective sort requires the type of characterization that a person can make – that’s where Max comes in. Cardboard isn’t always brown and a clear PET container isn’t always desired in the end product. The ColorPlus with Max-AI is going to solve a lot of sorting challenges for our customers and we are thrilled to introduce it to them,” Miller concluded. 

The first ColorPlus with Max-AI is installed in a European paper recycling facility to purify the fiber stream by removing non-paper fiber. In this case, Max-AI technology identifies material by type (ex., pizza box, cereal box, OCC, craft board, book, etc.). The ColorPlus™ technology is tuned to aggressively detect brown fiber. The combination of proven color detection and the added layer of AI ensures the ultimate removal of non-spec fiber. The technology has the flexibility to change what material types are targeted, allowing the customer to adjust along with market and material fluctuations.

National Recovery Technologies (NRT)

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, NRT is a global leader in the design, manufacture and installation of optical sorting solutions. NRT is a member of the Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) Family of Companies, a worldwide leading provider of automated sorting systems to the waste processing and recycling industries. In Europe, NRT operations are headquartered in Amsterdam. Since its inception in 1981, NRT has been recognized as an industry thought-leader and innovator, and currently holds more than 35 U.S. and international patents. Today, NRT remains focused on technology innovation and offers industry-leading bottle sorting recovery and purity rates, thanks in part to In-Flight Sorting® and PET Boost® technologies. NRT holds strong commitments to equipment excellence and first-class customer service and support.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (SF Bay, CA). BHS is also the home of Max-AI® technology, a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.

Further Information: 
Peter Raschio or Sally Hunt
Phone: 541-485-0999
peterr or sallyh (at) bhsequip (dot) com
bulkhandlingsystems.com         

 

Tyler Kennedy Believes in the Power of Waste Connections’ People

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Waste Connections region controller Tyler Kennedy oversees the accounting and finance operations of the company’s southern region, which spans 100 operating locations from Texas to Florida. The region generates approximately $1.2 billion in annual revenue. 

In 2016, Kennedy, who is based in The Woodlands, Texas, became the youngest person to be promoted to the region controller position with the company.  

In recognition of his professional accomplishments and reputation as a leader, Kennedy was recently named a Waste360 40 Under 40 award recipient. He spoke to Waste360 about his career with Waste Connections, his focus on servant leadership, and why he thinks he is working for the best company around.

Waste360: What are some of the challenges you have enjoyed in your current role as a region controller?

Tyler Kennedy: When I was put into this role, this was concurrent with the merger we had with Progressive Waste. In the southern region, in particular, about 90% of the entire region was the legacy Progressive assets. 

Right out of the gate, this was an incredible opportunity for me, and a there were a lot of challenges at the onset. At the time, there was a group of 55 controllers, and I had all new markets that I had not necessarily been a part of before. Understanding the markets, understanding the people, and trying to infuse the Waste Connections leadership culture were all extremely big challenges. 

For the first year and half in this role, it was nonstop 18-hour workdays. I was traveling all over the place. 

The good news out of all of this was that I saw the power of people. Empowering people to make decisions, showing them what it is like to be a part of something fun — that was one of the most rewarding pieces of jumping into this role. 

Waste360: What are some pillars of that leadership culture? How did you empower your team?

Tyler Kennedy: I’m a firm believer that most people know what the right answer is — they just need an opportunity and platform to say it. Giving them the opportunity to speak up and let their voice be heard is extremely powerful. 

Just listening and letting people know that you actually care about them — not just them, but their families — when you go to that level with the people you are working closely with, and that you are privileged to lead, it’s very rewarding on both ends. You get to see them grow, and you get to see the results. 

Waste360: What did you do before this role?

Tyler Kennedy: I’ve been with Waste Connections since I started in this industry, back in 2011. My role before this was briefly in the central region office in Denver, as regional divisional controller. I also was with R360 Environmental Solutions in 2014.

Waste360: Prior to 2011, were you in the waste industry or were you in another field?

Tyler Kennedy: I was in the financial industry. I worked for a credit union while I was attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Shortly after graduation, I got a job with Waste Connections. 

My wife and I lived in Oklahoma City. I was a staff accountant there for about a month and half, until my wife finished school. Then we moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where I worked for Waste Connections as an assistant controller. 

Waste360: It seems like you have been willing to move around for your job. Most people don’t want to move around. Why have been willing to move with this company to different regions? 

Tyler Kennedy: You have to trust that the company is going to take care of you, and I think that’s where a lot of companies go wrong. They will tell you that they care, but they don’t really care, so people get very hesitant about relocating. 

With Waste Connections, at first I was hesitant to move to Omaha, but my wife is actually from Omaha. After working with Waste Connections, you realize that the people there are phenomenal, and they actually care about you. 

I will never forget my first division controller, my boss, Doug McDonald — he actually won the 40 Under 40 award last year — he was, and is still, my mentor. He is now the eastern region controller. He taught me a ton about the industry, about servant leadership and doing the right thing. 

When you have folks that you work with like that, relocating for the company is a small price to pay. At the end of the day, it was growth and opportunities for my family and me, as well as a chance to meet some great people across the company.

They moved me from Omaha to Colorado Springs, as the district controller. From there, they moved me to The Woodlands, Texas, to work with R360. Then they moved me briefly back to Denver, and then back to The Woodlands for the southern region job. 

Waste360: Do you feel that a person coming into the industry, or your company specifically, has an opportunity to really grow?

Tyler Kennedy: A thousand percent. One of the most rewarding things in my job now is watching and being a part of the development of the young folks that are coming in and getting an opportunity to learn what Waste Connections is about and what we do, to learn the industry, and to grow their career. 

One of the quotes I love that Ron Mittelstaedt would always tell us is, “There are three things that you are competing with [with your competitors]: you have your human assets, you’ve got your financial assets, and you’ve got your physical assets. The one thing that sets Waste Connections apart from our competitors is our human assets.” 

They can buy the same trucks we can; that’s a level playing field. From a financial standpoint, we have an extremely strong balance sheet and financial profile, but these other companies do as well. 

The one thing that sets Waste Connections apart is its people: the human assets.

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Compendium of State Disposal Bans & Mandatory Recycling Laws Updated

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July 9, 2020 -- The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has updated its compendium of state disposal bans and mandatory recycling laws from around the country. This unique resource provides state-specific information, including contact information, about which materials are banned for disposal and to whom the ban applies, as well as what has to be recycled and by whom. The document is available for free download: Disposal Bans and Mandatory Recycling in the United States.

Interestingly, every state but one, Montana, has at least “something” banned from disposal in its solid waste facilities—at a minimum lead acid batteries, as is the case in Arizona and Wyoming. And, 27 states have at least one mandatory recycling requirement. 

Among the 27 jurisdictions that have mandatory recycling requirements, the following materials are those most frequently impacted.

Presented in the following chart are the materials most commonly banned for disposal by both businesses and Individuals.

In addition, there are bottle bill laws in 10 states and Guam: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Vermont.

Contact: 
Lynn Rubinstein

[email protected]
802-254-3636

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DS Smith in Columbia to Supply 750,000 Produce Boxes to Families in Need

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COLUMBIA S.C. – [July 8, 2020] Food banks and nonprofit organizations across South Carolina, George and Florida have received more than 385,000 containers of fruit and vegetables, shipped in 100% recyclable Greencoat boxes produced at the local DS Smith plant for Atlanta-based Collins Brothers Produce.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Collins Brothers Produce an $8 million contract under the Farmers-to-Families Food Box program, set up to help growers, distributors and others facing economic strain amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reflecting the food industry’s ever-growing push for more recycling efforts, DS Smith, a packaging company with sustainability at its core, was seen as the ideal partner to provide its signature Greencoat boxes to support the program. 

“With sustainability in mind the USDA wanted to steer away from the use of traditional wax packaging which cannot be recycled and will ultimately end up in a landfill,” said David Collins, owner of Collins Brothers Produce. “Greencoat packaging is 100% recyclable, and is the perfect solution for shipping the food boxes, and it’s very effective at keeping moisture out and maintaining strength throughout the supply chain - a tough requirement in the Deep South.”

DS Smith’s Greencoat is a coated, water resistant packaging solution that provides the same performance characteristics as wax boxes but is 100% recyclable. Today, Greencoat has completely changed the way cold and wet products are packed and shipped and is successfully used in the poultry, produce and seafood industries.  

DS Smith will have supplied over 750,000 boxes to Collins Brothers Produce for the Farmers to Families program at the completion of phase 2 of the program, which began on July 1. One Greencoat box, filled with a mix of apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, cabbage, zucchini, peaches and cucumbers, provides enough fruits and vegetables to feed a family of four for a week.

“DS Smith has always been an active community partner, and we’ve been able to provide sustainable, recyclable boxes to transport nutritious fruits and vegetables to our friends and neighbors in a time when they need it most,” said Troy Hagenbuch, Specialty Business Unit general manager at DS Smith North America. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been deemed an essential business, remaining operational and supporting our customers and communities, and quickly changing our product mix to package products.”

The spirit of private sector ingenuity exemplified by companies like DS Smith and Preferred Pack will be key to uplifting communities still struggling as a result of the pandemic. From cutting production and landfill costs with sustainable Greencoat packaging to providing nutritious produce to families across the South, DS Smith and Preferred Pack are doing their part to support their communities and the rebounding economy. 

About DS Smith

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging worldwide, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. A member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, using a closed-loop recycling model – in which paper and corrugated is collected, recycled and then used again to make packaging materials. North American operations are headquartered in Atlanta, with 16 manufacturing, paper and recycling facilities, totaling more than 2,000 employees. Using the combined expertise of its divisions – including Packaging, Recycling, Paper – DS Smith works with customers to develop solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain.

Need to Know

Plastoil Europe Turns Plastic Waste into Oil

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Plastoil Europe has developed a recycling technology that can turn plastic waste into oil. The Company’s first fully functional mobile unit, named Optimus, will be brought to market this year.

The technique to turn the plastic into oil is a chemical process of “thermal depolymerisation.” There is no difference in the oil made from Plastoil Europe versus the one made from petroleum. Potential customers for the oil are waste companies and waste management operators.

Read the original article here.

Sustainability Talks

Small and Medium-Sized Fashion Brands Pledge Commitment to Sustainability

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What’s trending in fashion? Sustainability! You’ve heard the corporate statements from globally known brands setting goals to produce more sustainable products by a certain year, but they aren’t alone. Small and medium-sized apparel brands are also pledging to be part of the change.

According to Sustainable Brands, more than 110 fashion labels have committed to participate in its newly launched 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge.

“We recognize fashion is a significant contributor to climate change, toxic waterways and ocean pollutants, land use, and more. We know that the culture of low-cost, short-lasting clothing is contributing to tremendous waste all along the supply chain – and in customers’ closets,” according to the pledge’s mission. “We are here to change that.”

The pledge asks brands to commit to one of three goals by the end of 2020 --  enable take-back or resale, increase recycled content, or design for durability. 

“By the end of 2020, launch at least one method or partnership to enable your customers to send-back or resell their used items,” it said on the website. “Providing options to resale, upcycle, repair, donate, or recycle items gives them new life and keeps them out of landfills.”

The website also said, increase recycled content means increasing the total percentage of certified recycled content or scrap fabric by 10 percent in the brand’s top selling items because producing garments using recycled content send a demand signal that spurs growth in the recycling market.  And, design for durability challenges brands to increase the use of non-blended materials, and/or modularity and repairability in the brand’s top five selling times. Designing items so they can be repaired, upcycled, or recycled ensures that those items and materials stay in circulation.

Of 117 brands, 62 percent have pledged to enabling take-back/resale, 60 percent to increasing recycled content, and 50 percent to design for durability; roughly half have pledged to at least two commitments.

See what brands made the pledge and more, here.