GFL Environmental acquires Pink-Trash in North Carolina

Dive Brief:

  • GFL Environmental, through subsidiary Waste Industries, has acquired Coastal Ladies Carting Inc. — known as Pink-Trash — effective March 1. The deal was first reported by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Pink-Trash could not be reached for comment but told the Journal it has 76 employees. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records indicate the company has 37 vehicles. Waste Industries confirmed to Waste Dive that the acquisition came with collection assets, including multiple municipal contracts, and no other infrastructure.
  • “Pink is a market leader in the coastal North Carolina market. It’s an acquisition that enhances our market position, but at the same time we can tuck this into existing operations which creates values and efficiencies for us,” Ben Habets, area vice president for Waste Industries, told Waste Dive.

Dive Insight:
According to statistics cited by this new legislation, annual global plastic production has now risen to more than 335 million tons per year and California is currently recycling less than 15% of its single-use plastic. Following China’s scrap import restrictions, the bill’s authors state that “the cost to recycle plastics exceeds the value of scrap plastic material,” and material is now being disposed as a result.

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With the state’s existing goal of reducing, recycling or composting 75% of all waste by 2020 also quickly approaching, California’s legislators are taking a two-chamber approach to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use waste generated in California.

“We have to stop treating our oceans and planet like a dumpster. Any fifth grader can tell you that our addiction to single-use plastics is killing our ecosystems,” said sponsor Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez in a press release. “We have technology and innovation to improve how we reduce and recycle the plastic packaging and products in our state. Now, we have to find the political will to do so.”

“Every day Californians generate tons of non-recyclable, non-compostable waste that clog landfills, rivers, and beaches,” said State Senator Ben Allen, another co-sponsor. “The future of California’s quality of life is at stake. Rather than continue to tinker around the edges with one-off bans of individual plastic items, we need a thoughtful, comprehensive solution to address this serious problem head-on.”

Nonprofits such as the California Product Stewardship Council and Californians Against Waste also want the legislation to move forward.

“Single-use packaging has become a convenient and relatively inexpensive option to contain beverages and food products, but at a great cost to our environment,” said Doug Kobold, the organization’s executive director. “AB 1080 will help move California in the right direction by limiting the types of single-use plastic packaging and promote reusable packaging.”

Determining how to define the desired terminology will be among multiple key questions for legislators as the process continues. If passed, the legislation calls for CalRecycle to develop criteria – based on requested data from the public and private sector – to determine which types of single-use packaging or products are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

SB 54 was read in committee for a second time and amended on Feb. 25, and AB 1080 could be heard in committee on March 24.

Both bills were introduced on Feb. 21, just two days before San Diego’s recent move to reduce single-use plastics and polystyrene foam products took effect. In January, Berkeley also passed its own bill to eliminate all single-use foodware by 2020.

SOURCE: Waste Dive