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Our top stories from February 2020

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A new report on the state of curbside recycling in the United States drew attention in February. | stephen rudolph/Shutterstock

Stories about declining export markets and painful curbside recyclables pricing drew our readers’ attention last month.

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Our top stories from January 2020

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News about funding to boost Michigan’s recycling programs captured attention last month. | KyleHohler/Shutterstock

Articles about paper recycling markets, upcoming extended producer responsibility legislation and grant funding for the Great Lakes State drew readers’ interest last month.

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Our top stories from December 2019

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Glass recycling in Fairfax County, Va.

A look into glass recycling in Fairfax County, Va. captured interest in December. | Courtesy of Fairfax County.

A mix of stories about exports, collection strategies, recycling rates, paper investments and recyclables pricing drew readers’ attention last month.

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Our top ten stories of 2019

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Fiber for recycling

News about fiber markets captured our readers’ clicks throughout 2019. | John McLenaghan/Shutterstock

Over the past 12 months, plummeting fiber prices have hamstrung programs and recycling operators across North America. Little surprise then that analysis of that trend grabbed significant attention from our readers.

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Our top stories from November 2019

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News about recycling-related legislation made the most-read list in November. | Yi Chen Chiang/Shutterstock

Stories about state and federal legislation, recovered material markets and the national recycling rate drew our readers’ attention last month.

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Data Corner: The recycling revenue slide for nation’s largest processor

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The impact of the seismic shift in recycling markets over the past two-and-a-half years can be clearly seen in the quarterly recycling revenue numbers of Waste Management, which operates roughly 100 materials recovery facilities in North America.

The publicly traded company has seen its quarterly recycling-related revenue decline 35% (from $375 million to $245 million) since the third quarter of 2017. In July of 2017, China announced its intention to ban many categories of recyclables, and the policy was implemented at the start of 2018.

Values for many key curbside materials have dropped significantly since then.

Information for this month’s Data Corner came from Waste Management’s publicly available earnings reports.

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Resource Recycling. Subscribe today for access to all print content.

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