Rolls of kraft paper at a paper mill.Articles about overseas and domestic markets for paper and plastic recyclables drew our readers’ attention in March.

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

1 | India to end plastic scrap imports
The Indian government says it will ban scrap plastic imports, a move that threatens to further disrupt the U.S. recycling industry by closing a growing market.

2 | Investments contradict ‘end of recycling’ headlines
Industry stakeholders are pushing back against revived national media focus on the pressures facing U.S. recycling markets. Although those stresses are real, experts emphasize there is another side to the story.

3 | Fiber consumers to increase recycled appetite
A Pacific Northwest paper mill will significantly increase its OCC consumption, and a 100 percent recycled fiber end user is building a new manufacturing facility for paper packaging products.

4 | Paper exports grew in 2018, but plastics fell 35 percent
Despite a year of market uncertainty, U.S. recovered paper exports increased in 2018, driven largely by OCC shipments. However, scrap plastic exports fell substantially as countries enacted stringent trade policies.

5 | Nespresso to fund NYC aluminum pod recovery
A coffee capsule company will spend more than $1 million to allow for curbside recycling of its single-use packaging in New York City.

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