Markets were on the minds of readers last month, with a number of our most popular stories offering analysis on demand for recovered plastic material.

The list below shows the five most-read Plastics Recycling Update online stories during August.

1 | Trex slows its recycled plastics business
Composite lumber manufacturer Trex is reducing the amount of recycled polyethylene it buys and sells, even while the company continues to post record profits.

2 | Alabama polyester-fiber plant opens
The Southeast region has welcomed a manufacturing operation that’s hungry for recycled plastic.

3 | APR breaks down demand for recovered polypropylene
Major consumer brands say they could use nearly 300 million pounds of post-consumer polypropylene for non-food-contact applications over the next few years.

4 | Plastic bag makers raise $6.1 million to fight California ban Manufacturers opposing California’s statewide plastic bag ban have raised more than four times as much money as ban supporters.

5 | Sluggish Chinese demand expected to continue
Following the price hikes in March and April, the market in China for recovered plastic material has declined since the second half of May both in pricing and demand.