Polystyrene from the food sector, a controversial product depending on who looks at it and judges it, is adverse in some countries and sought after in others.
In the United States, the collaboration between the two brands AmSry and Agilyx, the first producer of styrene while the second a recycler, has led to the creation of a new polystyrene recycling plant.
In fact, AmSty, the joint venture of Chevron Phillips Chemical and Trinseo, specialized in the production of styrene and polystyrene, has signed a new agreement with Agilyx, a pioneer in recycling chemical or advanced plastics, to develop a second manufacturing plant.
The unit will be built at AmSty's styrene manufacturing site in Saint James, Louisiana and will have a processing capacity of 50 to 100 tons per day.
Like Regenyx, the first joint venture founded by the two partners in 2019 at the Agilyx headquarters in Tigard (Oregon), with a capacity of 10 tons per day, will use Agilyx technology, which transforms rigid and expanded polystyrene waste into styrene monomer, equivalent to virgin quality.
"A feasibility study for the project is underway, and the construction and commissioning program will be announced as progress is made," they said the two companies in a press release.
The resources would be allocated through Cyclyx, Agilyx's commodity management subsidiary, of which AmSty is a shareholder.
"Polystyrene is an ideal material for the future of recycling", says Randy Pogue, CEO of AmSty.
Not only can polystyrene products offer durability advantages by requiring less material, but polystyrene is particularly beneficial for advanced recycling, as it can be" decompressed "into its original liquid form, the styrene monomer, using 40% less energy than other polymers. "
Automatic translation. We apologize for any inaccuracies. Original article in Italian.
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