Last month, readers were drawn to stories about China’s market impacts, efforts to re-open a plastics recycling facility, insights into TerraCycle and ideas for fixing recycling economics.

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

1 | From Green Fence to red alert: A China timeline
As the Chinese recyclables import ban takes hold, we’re offering up a special tool to help stakeholders get a grasp on the evolution of National Sword policies and the fallout that’s resulted worldwide.

2 | China continues to constrain plastics imports
Chinese authorities have issued the first five rounds of recyclable-material import permits for 2018. Compared with 2017, the country has allowed in substantially less recovered plastic and approved permits for far fewer companies across all material types.

3 | East Coast PRF on the road to reopening
Wheels are in motion to resume operations at an idled plastics recycling facility outside Baltimore. But if it does start up again, it will do so without one of its original partners.

4 | Financial document offers a deeper view of TerraCycle
TerraCycle is a high-profile company that gets a lot of press, but because it’s a private business, much has been unknown about its operations and income. A new financial filing provides details on how it manages post-consumer plastics, including which major reclaimer it relies on and where it sells recovered resins.

5 | In My Opinion: Fix the broken system
The plastics recovery sector is failing to reach its potential in terms of helping society on environmental issues. Addressing the fundamental economics of recycling should be the first order of business.


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