Plastics processing in Republic's Las Vegas recycling facility.

News that Republic Services will be vertically integrating in plastics was of interest to readers last month. | Courtesy of Republic Services

By and large, issues concerning scrap plastics drew our readers’ attention and clicks last month.

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

1 | Industry group blasts one segment of chemical recycling
The Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers called plastics-to-fuel processes “false solutions,” though the group of nonprofit recyclers says it is more open to technologies that are geared toward production of recycled resin.

2 | Google identifies ‘interventions’ to boost plastics circularity
Google published its latest plastic circularity report, finding that both chemical and mechanical recycling will be needed to close the “plastics circularity gap” by 2040. The tech giant also pointed to taxing virgin plastics to help reduce waste.

3 | Keurig agrees to $10 million settlement, recycling disclaimer
Keurig Green Mountain reached a class-action settlement with a consumer who sued over coffee pod recyclability claims, agreeing to pay $10 million and add language indicating the cups are “not recycled in many communities.”

4 | In My Opinion: Looking beyond NWRA’s MRF myopia
The Container Recycling Institute’s president critiques a recent study on the financial impacts of deposit programs on MRFs and points to research showing bottle bills reduce overall costs for municipalities.

5 | Republic Services moves to vertically integrate in plastics
North America’s second-largest hauler and recycling processor is constructing a facility in Las Vegas that will produce recycled PET flake and provide a deeper sort of other recovered resins.