USA: Polystyrene Recycling Ineos Styrolution and Agilyx Advance Chemical Recycling Plant in Illinois
Ineos Styrolution and Agilyx announced that they are advancing the development of a polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Illinois.
Aurora/USA — A polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Illinois, built by Ineos Styrolution and Agilyx is to bring the closed loop for polystyrene one step closer. The facility will be capable of processing up to 100 tons per day of post-consumer polystyrene and converting it into a styrene product that will go into the manufacturing of new polystyrene products. The facility will leverage Agilyx’s proprietary chemical recycling technology, which breaks polystyrene down to its molecular base monomers that will be used for the creation of new styrenic polymers. This is a true circular recycling approach that enables everyday products, like a cup, to be recycled back into a cup.
Agilyx recently completed a successful development program that qualified the styrene product to Ineos’ specifications and the identified post-consumer polystyrene feedstock for the process. The next phase of the project advances the engineering and design of the facility.
The Agilyx proprietary chemical recycling process can recycle polystyrene contaminated with food and other organics and convert it back into new, food-grade plastic products or packaging. The process demonstrates that so much more post-consumer plastics in the world today can be chemically recycled to new plastic products again and become a renewable resource.