This Week in Waste: Top Stories Sept 11 - Sept 14

This week's top stories in waste include conversations on mental health, $100 million for recycling infrastructure in America, aviation fuel, and more!

Gage Edwards, Content Producer

September 15, 2023

#5 - How Waste Pro's Whole Wellness Approach Addresses Worker Mental Health

Hard-working waste and recycling workers face challenges on the job every day. The most successful companies know that keeping employees and customers safe is paramount.

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#4 - Recycling Infrastructure Receives $100 Million Boost Through Biden-Harris Investing in America Agenda

In a stride towards bolstering America's recycling infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an investment of more than $100 million from President Biden's Investing in America agenda. This funding is earmarked for expanding recycling infrastructure and waste management systems nationwide, marking the EPA's most substantial investment in the arena in three decades.

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#3 - E-Waste is a Curse for Waste & Recycling Operators; Offenders Need to be Held Responsible

Lithium-ion batteries seem to be all we talk about and for good reason, as their inclusion in the waste and recycling streams has clearly had a negative effect on fires in our operations. But the truth is batteries are only responsible for half of these fires. Just look at the summertime spike we have witnessed each summer since I began consolidating reported fires.

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#2 - What Los Angeles Has Learned About Curbside Food Waste Collections

The city of Los Angeles has collected comingled organics curbside for a few years, but the initiative took a big leap in January 2023, once COVID disruptions had settled down. That’s when what started as an 18,000-customer pilot expanded to a citywide program with 750,000 households able to drop food scraps, soiled papers, and yard waste into their green bins.

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#1 - Velocys to Launch Two Plants to Make Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Oxford-based Velocys is gearing up to launch two plants to enable production of net-zero sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from municipal solid waste (MSW), commercial and industrial waste, and woody biomass residue. In the tech company’s eyes, leveraging these feedstocks is a way to scale faster in the race to decarbonize aviation.

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About the Author(s)

Gage Edwards

Content Producer, Waste360

Gage Edwards is a Content Producer at Waste360 and seasoned video editor.

Gage has spent the better part of 10 years creating content in various industries but mostly revolving around video games.

Gage loves video games, theme parks, and loathes littering.

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