Brussels/ Tigard,OR –Styrenics  Circular  Solutions (SCS)  and Agilyx announced  today  a collaboration between INEOS  Styrolution, Trinseo,and Agilyx to advance the first-of-a-kind polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility in Europe. 

SCS members INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo, global leaders in the manufacturing of PS and other styrenic materials combined  resources  to advance  the  development  of a commercial scale chemical recycling plant.The new plant will be capable of processing up to 50 tons-per-day of post-consumer PS feedstock. 

This project advancement follows the promising results of an evaluation study in which SCS, the joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, engaged Agilyx, a leading  developer  of  chemical  recycling  technologies  for  plastics,to  perform tests  with samples of  post-consumer PS food  packaging waste. Agilyx evaluated  the composition of the waste feedstock and successfully recycled it back into its original liquid monomer, using its proprietary depolymerisation technology. This project demonstrated polystyrene’s unique intrinsic capability to be fully recycled.

“This is an exciting time in the advancement of  plastics  recycling,  when we really  can make a  difference  with the  development  of  a  plant  that  will not  only lead  the  way  to significantly increase European PS recycling rates,but also truly close the loop with food grade recycled content,” said Rob Slangen, Plastic and Feedstocks Technology Leader at Trinseo and member of the SCS Technology Working Group.He added: “As such,we are well-positioned to become a key contributor to the European Commission's recycling goals.”

“We are excited by the results from the work we have already completed  with  Agilyx, which demonstrate how robust and advanced Agilyx’s depolymerization technology for PS is and underscores PS’excellent recyclability. With  this  chemical  recycling technology we hold the solution in our hands,with which PS can be managed as a renewable and environmentally friendly source,”  said  Dr.Norbert  Niessner, Director  Global  R&D/IP, INEOS Styrolution, and Chair of the SCS Technology Working Group.

“Our  collaboration  with  SCS, and  for  this  specific  project, with Trinseo, and  INEOS Styrolution is a needed and important step in being able to turn everyday plastics into a renewable resource,” said Joe Vaillancourt, Agilyx’s CEO.“For over 15 years Agilyx has been driven with a vision to end wasteful outcomes of post-consumer plastics and ensure that no plastic ends up in a landfill. This collaboration will allow us to create a fully circular solution for post-consumer PS which has so many benefits to the way we live,” he added. “SCS  initiated this  important  project  as  part  of our  commitment to  drive  up  European styrenics recycling rates,” explained Jens Kathmann, Secretary General SCS. “I am very happy that our member companies INEOS Stryrolution and Trinseo now have taken it to the  next  phase  and  together  with  collaboration  partner  Agilyx  will  be  driving  the  scale-up implementation  in  line  with the  EU  Plastics  Strategy. I  am  looking forward  to  many more projects to come to create a novel recycling infrastructure for styrenics in Europe together with key players from across the entire value chain,”he commented.

PS is a polymer with  unique  circularity  potential,  as  it is most easily reversed into  its original monomer at high yield with the emerging game-changing recycling technologies. The  liquid state of  its  monomer  enables  easy  purification. The  recycled  monomer  is identical  to  the virgin  monomer.  It can thus be processed into styrenics  polymers with identical, virgin quality enabling all applications, including food contact. Also,from there it can be continuously recycled, over and over again.

About Styrenics Circular Solutions

Styrenics Circular Solutions is a joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenics.The initiative engages the entire value chain in the development and industrialisation of new recycling technologies  and  solutions.  It  aims  to  strengthen  the  sustainability  of styrenic products while improving  resource efficiency withn the Circular Economy. 

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