The U.S. waste industry has long awaited action on PFAS, and 2024 is a big year for regulating the “forever chemicals” found in everyday items. The EPA recently set relevant new regulations related to drinking water standards and made a hazardous substance designation for PFOS and PFOA. It also updated its guidance on how to destroy or dispose of PFAS-containing items. The waste industry is still determining how these new regulations will affect operations, budgets and liability. The regulations could open up business opportunities for disposal services, but many operators of landfills, compost sites and other facilities consider themselves “passive receivers” of PFAS-containing items and are advocating for exemptions to certain PFAS enforcement. At the same time, more PFAS mitigation businesses are entering the market, while some states are passing laws restricting the use of PFAS in packaging or other products. Join experts from North American waste associations to discuss the next steps and burning questions for the waste industry as we learn more about these new regulations’ impacts on the sector.
  • Megan Quinn

    Senior Reporter, Waste Dive

    Megan has been covering recycling and waste issues since 2015. She is currently a senior reporter at...
  • Anne Germain

    Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)

    Anne Germain has over 30 years in the industry that includes extensive background in analysis of ind...
  • David Wagger

    Chief Scientist and Director of Environmental Management, Recycled Materials Association (ReMA)

    Dr. David Wagger is Chief Scientist and Director of Environmental Management at the Recycled Materia...
  • Kristyn Oldendorf

    Director of Public Policy, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

    Kristyn Oldendorf is the Director of Public Policy for the Solid Waste Association of North America ...
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