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Exports decline, but domestic markets see stability

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U.S. exporters shipped 4.5 million short tons of recovered fiber from July through September. That’s the lowest third-quarter volume since 2006. | MAGNIFIER / Shutterstock

Overseas appetite for scrap plastic dwindled in the third quarter. On the domestic side, operators report stable movement for common curbside materials, although fiber pricing remains a challenge.

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Recycling sector grapples with plastic realities

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Juri Freeman of Resource Recycling Systems (left) moderated a plastics-focused panel consisting of (from left to right) Michael Sangiacomo of Recology, Zeina El-Azzi of Brightmark Energy, Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle and Tim Ponrathnam of Berry Global. | Resource Recycling Conference/Brian Adams Photography

Should some types of single-use plastic be banned? Or is infrastructure improvement a better answer to current plastic waste concerns? A varied group of industry leaders tackled those questions last week.

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Roundup of recent municipal program news

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Recycling programs have garnered media attention recently. | Atlaspix/Shutterstock

Recycling programs across the U.S. have made headlines lately for a variety of reasons, including a contract lawsuit, planned facilities and contract awards. The following are summaries of several recent happenings: 

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