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Our top stories from June 2020

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

News about federal plastics recycling legislation garnered lots of attention last month. | Corlia vWyk/Shutterstock

Our readers were drawn to a variety of articles last month, including those covering plastics legislation, paper plant shutdowns, market updates and more.

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

1 | Plastics recycling bill introduced to Congress
Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have put forth legislation focused on reducing plastic waste and bolstering plastics recycling.

2 | Recycled fiber operations shut down
Three paper companies recently closed facilities that use recycled material. Two framed the shutdowns as part of longer-term “optimization” plans, and the third said it is a direct response to the COVID-19 impact on demand.

3 | Shipping giant stops taking fiber exports to China
A major shipping line will no longer accept recovered fiber and other scrap material exports bound for China, in anticipation of the country completely closing the door to those commodities.

4 | Average OCC price drops 30% in one month
After climbing for four straight months, the price of OCC fell sharply in June. But the average value of mixed paper remained in double-digit positive numbers.

5 | Recycling stakeholders speak out against racial injustice
As protests continue across the country over police killings of black citizens, large U.S. recycling companies have issued statements condemning racism and reaffirming their commitments to diversity and inclusion.


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