Washington, D.C. recycling collection truck.

News that Washington, D.C. and Fayetteville, Ark. were named the 2022 Recycling Programs of the Year drew attention last month. | Courtesy of the city of Washington, D.C.

The 2022 Program of the Year award winners, a sharp bale pricing downturn and other news drew our readers’ clicks last month.

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

1 | Two cities nab awards for program excellence
Washington, D.C. and Fayetteville, Ark. have been named the 2022 Program of the Year winners by Resource Recycling.

2 | MRFs and programs slammed with severe pricing downturn
August has brought increasingly gloomy recyclables markets, with major drops in the pricing of PET, mixed paper, color HDPE and polypropylene.

3 | Recycling and composting bills pass Senate
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed two bills that would improve rural recycling and composting accessibility as well as boost data collection, sending the legislation to the House for a vote.

4 | Analysts: US OCC recycling rate may be below 70%
Two corrugated industry experts have crunched the numbers and concluded that the OCC recycling rate is likely much lower than estimates published by the paper manufacturing sector.

5 | State legislators explain why they’re drawn to EPR
Four state-level elected officials who have worked on extended producer responsibility bills for packaging recently discussed how they became champions of recycling policy and offered tips to help advance legislation.