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USA: Sustainable Solutions Eastman to Introduce Innovative Advanced Circular Recycling Technology

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The specialised technology operates under the process of methanolysis and enables to break down polyester-based products into their polymer building blocks. Currently, the company is executing an engineering feasibility study on the design and construction of a commercial scale methanolysis facility.

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Advanced circular recycling technology can be an impactful solution, as low-quality polyester waste can now be recycled into high-quality polyesters.
Advanced circular recycling technology can be an impactful solution, as low-quality polyester waste can now be recycled into high-quality polyesters.
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Tennessee/USA – Eastman has recently announced its intention to pursue the launch of an innovative advanced circular recycling technology that uses polyester waste which cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods, and as a result, often ends up in landfills and waterways.

Using the process of methanolysis, the company’s advanced circular recycling technology breaks down polyester-based products into their polymer building blocks. These building blocks can then be reintroduced to the production of new polyester-based polymers, delivering a true circular solution.

Eastman was one of the pioneers in developing methanolysis technology at commercial scale and has more than three decades of expertise in this innovative recycling process. The firm’s experience with methanolysis makes it uniquely qualified to be a leader in delivering this solution at commercial scale. Advanced circular recycling technology can be an impactful solution, as low-quality polyester waste that would typically be diverted to landfills can instead be recycled into high-quality polyesters suitable for use in a variety of end markets, including food contact applications.

The company is currently executing an engineering feasibility study on the design and construction of a commercial scale methanolysis facility to meet the demands of its customers and has engaged in initial discussions with potential partners across the value chain on the development of such a facility. The goal is to be operating a full-scale, advanced circular recycling facility within 24 to 36 months.

The firm’s efforts to find new end-of-life solutions to advance the circular economy align with the company’s innovation-driven growth strategy and commitment to create value through sustainability. With a strong focus on issues and opportunities within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework, the company has established goals and strategies to address the world’s complex challenges.

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