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Why a waste district took the ‘waste’ out of its name

Published: August 1, 2022
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ReGen Monterey's MRF seen from an aerial view.

ReGen Monterey operates an advanced MRF among other diversion operations. | Via ReGen Monterey video

A prominent waste management district in California sees state policies and investments opening up the possibility of a zero-waste future, and its new name reflects that vision.

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How new California law is ‘putting the industry on notice’

Published: July 6, 2022
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New legislation evokes varied reactions among industry and activists. | Michael Warwick/Shutterstock

Industry leaders mostly expressed support for California’s recently signed extended producer responsibility bill, though some said they still had concerns about its far reach. Continue Reading

Athens Services MRF set to bring on a $10M organics line

Published: July 19, 2022
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Mixed materials in a waste bin.

An organics extrusion system at a Los Angeles-area MRF is expected to divert nearly 47,000 tons per year and create four jobs. | Sunstopper1st/Shutterstock

The state of California will provide a major loan to finance an organics extraction line at an Athens Services MRF, diverting food scraps otherwise destined for landfills to a massive anaerobic digester.

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California recycling overhaul is now law

Published: June 30, 2022
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California capitol building in Sacramento.

Legislators have approved EPR for printed paper and packaging in California. | Kit Leong/Shutterstock

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California’s printed paper and packaging extended producer responsibility bill passed the state Senate unanimously June 30 and was signed into law, just before the deadline to pull a plastic-tax measure from November’s state ballot.

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The push to cut fiber from California’s EPR program

Published: June 28, 2022
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Paper bales for recycling.

An extended producer responsibility bill is currently under consideration in California. | Luis M. Seco/Shutterstock

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Nearly a dozen legislators signed a letter asking to remove fiber from California’s proposed extended producer responsibility bill, as it undergoes more amendments in the final days before a June 29 deadline.

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Future of recycling policy in California could be decided soon

Published: June 21, 2022
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California legislators, environmentalists and industry groups are working on a plastics pollution and recycling bill that they hope will persuade ballot measure backers to withdraw their initiative before the deadline at the end of this month. | rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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California program expansion bill clears Senate

Published: June 1, 2022
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Glass containers gathered for recycling.

A bill in California’s legislature adds wine and liquor bottles to the state container redemption program. | Josep Curto/Shutterstock

The California Senate passed a bill that would divert large amounts of glass from the curbside stream into the deposit system by applying a California Redemption Value to wine and liquor bottles.

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West Coast state to reward MRFs for ultra-clean PET recovery

Published: December 14, 2021
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Bales of PET bottles for recycling.

California regulators will provide incentive payments to curbside recycling programs producing PET bales with less than 2% contamination. | RecycleMan/Shutterstock

California officials will provide payments of up to $180 per ton to recycling facilities that limit contamination in PET bales to 2% or less.

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DISH Network agrees to recycle scrap after disposal lawsuit

Published: April 26, 2022
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The California Attorney General and Alameda County District Attorney sued DISH Network, alleging the company illegally landfilled scrap electronics. | Tada Images/Shutterstock

TV and wireless services provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle allegations that it illegally disposed of scrap electronics in California. Continue Reading

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