This week Waste360 recognized the 40 under 40 changemakers and players in the waste and recycling industry. Jim Little of Waste Connections gave readers a glimpse into the regulatory environment. Corporations continue to align their ESG goals to demonstrate environmental consciousness. Here are this week's top stories.
1. Meet the Waste360 40 Under 40 Winners
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Waste360 40 Under 40 awards. This program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics who have made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policymakers and product suppliers.
2. Episode 137: How ESG, Emerging Pollutants & New Regulations are Changing the Face of Landfills
In this week’s NothingWasted! episode, we chat with Jim Little, EVP of Engineering & Disposal, at Waste Connections—and keynote speaker at this year’s Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS).
We spoke with Little about the past and present of the industry, the regulatory environment, evolving technology and more.
3. Episode 42: Recycled Commodities and Supply Chains with Trex CEO Bryan Fairbanks
On this week's Stef Talks Trash, hear from Bryan Fairbanks, the CEO of Trex, who talks about the company's commitment to sustainability, the ebb and flow of the material sourcing process and how commodities markets have changed throughout the years.
4. How Orlando, FL and San Marcos, TX Are Stepping Up Multifamily Recycling
More than 13 million multifamily units in the U.S. have no access to recycling, estimates The Recycling Partnership, creating a wide gap in service. A growing base of municipalities is trying to figure out how to close that gap, with the pressure on as some of them set zero waste-to-landfill goals –and as they field flurries of calls from residents asking for service. Orlando, FL and San Marcos, TX have become poster municipalities of sorts that are aggressively targeting recovery in multifamily buildings.
5. VF Works Toward Circularity
The way clothes are designed and manufactured, and what happens to them once consumers no longer want them, is taking its toll on the environment. Multiple studies conclude tens of millions of tons of clothes are landfilled or incinerated annually, often after short lives, and after a lot of energy and other resources went into creating them.