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This Week in Waste: Top Stories September 5 - September 9

Giant leaps are being made in the waste and recycling industry, but not without the help of many individuals, organizations, and companies. These entities are what propel this industry forward and bring us above and beyond.

1. The 2022 Waste360 Top 50 in Waste and Recycling

Waste360 Staff 

After five years of not publishing a top companies list, Waste360 has decided to release a list of the top 50 waste and recycling businesses in North America. The list is based on 2021 revenues and states 50 of the largest companies in the industry.

Check it out here.

2. Casella's Labbe Talks Using Landfills for Community Enhancement

Jonathan Pierron

Jeremy Labbe is a general manager with Casella Waste Systems after 17 years of involvement with the industry. While working in the waste industry, Labbe has worked on several projects meant to strengthen relationships with landfills and the communities they are placed in. His projects are creative examples of the ways landfills can utilize their supplies and land to better the area they fill.

Read more here.

3. DOE Targets Biofuel for Hard-to-Electrify Transportation Modes

Arlene Karidis

While turning vehicles electric is a great way to limit Co2 emissions in some cases, it does not work seamlessly for all transportation modes. Due to this, the Department of Energy (DOE) is searching for other fuel alternatives that can be implemented for these transportation systems. One promising alternative is a biofuel derived from organic waste.

Read the story here.

4. DOE Targets Biofuel for Hard-to-Electrify Transportation Modes - Part 2

Arlene Karidis

In the second installment of this DOE biofuel exploration series, Karidis talks with Valerie Reed, director of DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Joshua Messner, a technology manager at BETO. BETO has been instrumental in the evolution of biofuels in the U.S., donating $124 million towards biofuel systems. With the federal government's goal of net zero emissions by 2050, this investment is taking the country one step closer.

Read more here.

5. Waste Connections' Sean Mason Finds a Family in the Waste Industry

Jonathan Pierron

Sean Mason's journey getting to where he is now in the waste industry has been an uphill climb to success. Now filling his dream role with Waste Connections, he has worked extremely hard to get himself to this point, but not without some help from some amazing friends in the industry. This 40 Under 40 award winner walks us through his career journey getting him to where he is today, but not without many thank yous along the way.

Read the full story here.

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