Readers sought coverage of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s evaluation of various PET recycling methods. | tezzstock/Shutterstock

A high-profile federal report examined different plastics recycling processes and technologies. Our readers were drawn to coverage of that analysis and a host of other stories last month.

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

1 | Study compares PET recycling methods
A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory evaluated various PET recycling methods from technical, economic and environmental standpoints to provide a big-picture overview of today’s options.

2 | ExxonMobil brings Texas facility on-line

Operations at ExxonMobil’s large-scale chemical recycling facility successfully began in mid-December, and the company is now eyeing other sites around the world.

3 | In My Opinion: Defining the future of plastic recycling

The president of GreenMantra Technologies argues we should evaluate whether the outputs of molecular recycling technologies qualify as recycling, instead of applying labels to the processes themselves.

4 | Major PET recycler reports worsening carpet sales

Flooring market conditions have worsened faster than Mohawk Industries expected, leading to longer-than-anticipated idling of its carpet factories, the company announced.

5 | Converter taps tech to use lower-grade RPET feedstock

A multi-million-dollar equipment investment is enabling D&W Fine Pack to recycle post-consumer PET flakes into 100% recycled content food packaging. An executive at the company described the project and the benefits it will bring.


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