Agilyx Corporation and Ineos Styrolution have signed an agreement for deploying Agilyx’s de-polymerization technology at or near to an Ineos Styrolution facility in North America to convert post-consumer polystyrene waste into styrene monomer that can be used to re-manufacture new polystyrene products. The two companies agreed to set up a chemical recycling infrastructure and establish a circular economy for polystyrene.
Agilyx opened its first commercial waste polystyrene-to-styrene oil chemical recycling plant on April 19, 2018, to recycle up to 10 tons per day of previously unrecoverable polystyrene waste and produce high-quality styrenic polymers.
Ineos Styrolution is dedicated to further the advancement of the de-polymerization technology. Ineos Styrolution is collaborating with many institutes to work on a technical feasibility study with the objective of developing a holistic recycling concept.
Both the companies are driving the “chemical recycling” technology based on the de-polymerization of post-consumer polystyrene waste to achieve virgin, high-quality polystyrene suitable for food-contact applications and medical applications.
Joe Vaillancourt, CEO of Agilyx, said, “We are very excited to expand our partnership with INEOS Styrolution focused on creating a true circular pathway for polystyrene using our existing chemical recycling platform. This collaboration not only looks to support the deployment of a new chemical recycling application, but it also helps create a new innovative supply chain that bridges both the plastics and waste management industries. This combination creates a new circular economy reality for polystyrene.”
Alexander Glück, President Americas Ineos Styrolution, added, “We are eager to lay down the foundation for polystyrene to be recovered and recycled and build the eco-system around chemical recycling. This will help us continue to enjoy the great benefits of polystyrene delivering substantial contributions in areas such as advances in healthcare and food preservation.”