Readers last month were drawn to stories explaining how the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on recyclables supply chains.
The list below shows our top stories published in April in terms of unique page views.
1 | Recycled paper mill to idle due to drop in product demand
A Packaging Corporation of America mill that uses recycled fiber will suspend operations for two months as the coronavirus pandemic keeps schools and businesses closed.
2 | COVID-19 damages supply chain for deposit materials
Stay-at-home orders are hitting container deposit systems hard, leading to significant declines in the volumes of high-quality recyclables moving to material processors.
3 | Price skyrockets for one key curbside recyclable
The value of OCC increased by 62% over the past month, reaching its highest level in 20 months. Meanwhile, curbside metal prices have taken a dive.
4 | Pandemic alters – and threatens – supply chain for end users
As the coronavirus impacts continue throughout the U.S., manufacturers are highlighting the importance of curbside recycling as a feedstock supply channel. Meanwhile, processors are seeing changes in demand for their material as consumer spending shifts.
5 | Editor’s Analysis: The collateral damage in ‘Plastic Wars’
A recently aired episode from PBS show “Frontline” provides important reporting. But it misses some recycling realities and a chance to cover the deeper roots of plastic pollution.