Proposed legislation to reduce plastic pollution caught readers’ attention. | LLoughran/Shutterstock

A variety of legislation, markets and technology stories drew readers’ attention last month.

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

1 | Plastics recycling elevated to national stage
Lawmakers are bringing plastics recycling to the federal level with a legislative proposal that includes a national bottle bill and extended producer responsibility.

2 | Major user of recycled film says it will be buying more
Already North America’s largest consumer of recovered film, Trex plans to use considerably more in the future, according to the company’s CEO.

3 | Export hurdles create trouble for rigids and film recovery
Non-bottle mixed plastics and film recycling have experienced their first major drops in a decade, two studies indicate. But amid the challenges, domestic use of both streams increased.

4 | How a startup is recovering multi-layer flexible packaging
The CEO of Arqlite, which recently won a recycling competition, explains how his firm processes laminated packaging into plastic gravel products.

5 | EnergyBag deepens partnership with pyrolysis firm
A program designed to collect hard-to-recycle plastics curbside is angling to send more materials to a site run by startup Renewlogy in Salt Lake City.


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