Our top stories from October 2020

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Last month, readers were drawn to a story about shifting markets in Ontario. | joi54/Shutterstock

Articles about government and private-sector groups proposing recycling fixes, along with market analysis, drew readers’ attention last month.

The list below shows our top stories published in October in terms of unique page views.

1 | EPA lays out steps to bolster US recycling landscape
A draft of the U.S. EPA’s National Recycling Strategy was published last month. The plan aims to foster a “stronger, more resilient and cost-effective” recycling system.

2 | The Recycling Partnership and ACC back fees to lift recycling
Two major industry groups are promoting packaging fees on product makers to support recycling infrastructure development, a shift one MRF operator described as a “historical moment.”

3 | How market and material changes have stung Ontario
China’s National Sword and the evolving packaging stream have pushed up net recycling costs by nearly 13% in Canada’s largest province.

4 | Natural HDPE plastic values hit record high price
The price of natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bales surpassed 61 cents per pound for the first time. Meanwhile, the average mixed-paper price notched upward by several dollars.

5 | China’s 2020 ban ‘will not have massive impact’ on fiber markets
Is the global recycled paper sector prepared for China’s complete exit from the market next year? Experts weighed in during a recent Bureau of International Recycling session.

 

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