A New Wave of
Recycling Technology is Here
In an article originally published in Science Magazine, authors Jeannette Garcia and Megan Roberson, show the present and future promise of PolyUsable™ recycling, "...end-of-life treatment options for plastic solid waste are in practice quite limited...Recent research points the way toward PolyUsable™recycling methods with lower energy requirements, compatibilization of mixed plastic wastes to avoid the need for sorting, and expanding recycling technologies to traditionally non-recyclable polymers."
You can read more about the research of Roberson and Garcia here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171117141723.htm
The original article can be found here, but a subscription is required: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6365/870
A Brief History of PolyUsable™
AmSty and Agilyx Form Joint Venture
November 2018 - AmSty and Agilyx signed a Letter of Intent to form a joint venture that will assume operations of Agilyx’s first-in-kind polystyrene recycling facility in Tigard, Oregon. The process converts used polystyrene products back into their original liquid form, styrene monomer. Fresh polystyrene products can then be made without degrading quality or value. This form of circular recycling is known as the PolyUsable™ process.
Plastics News Article
Houston Business Journal Article
Waste 360 Article
AmSty Full Press Release
Agilyx Full Press Release
"ONE BIN" COLLECTION movement BEGINS
June 2017 - The San Diego City Council approved a measure adding polystyrene foam to its existing curbside recycling program. Curbside pickup programs are integral to the success of municipal recycling efforts. This decision was a major victory for the "One Bin" movement in California, pushing to collect all plastic types in one curbside bin.
agilyx facility opens
April 2018 - Agilyx News Release – Mike Levy, senior director of ACC’s Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group noted, “Agilyx is an innovator in finding new ways to capture and convert used plastics into valuable products. Delivery of a polystyrene-tostyrene oil/monomer solution is a major step toward greater sustainability and circularity.” Jon Timbers, Senior Manager for Sustainability and Innovation at AmSty congratulated Agilyx on taking the linear process of plastics consumption and bending the line to close it into a loop – the new circular plastics economy. Both Bob Terry, Washington County Commission Chair, and Jason Snider, President of the Tigard City Council, congratulated Agilyx on the launch of commercial operations and the major innovation that the Agilyx technology represents. The plant is the first commercial-scale closed-loop chemical recycling process for polystyrene in the world.
FOAM RECYCLING GRANTS BEGIN
August 2015 - The Foam Recycling Coalition ("FRC") – a group of plastics industry suppliers, converters and companies who use foodservice packaging – launched a grant program in 2015 to help fund infrastructure improvements for polystyrene foam recycling. The program specifically targets foam products that are traditionally considered difficult to recycle, such as foam cups, clamshells, meat trays, and egg cartons. The grant underwriters have donated over $250,000 to improve municipal collection of polystyrene since the inception of this program.
AMSTY SIGNS Offtake AGREEMENT WITH AGILYX
August 2017 - AmSty signed an agreement with Agilyx to receive material produced at its waste-to-styrene pyrolysis facility in Tigard, Oregon. AmSty plans to deliver the material to its Styrene Monomer plant in St. James, Louisiana.
According to the Agilyx news release, "Agilyx’s chemical recycling technology provides the first true chemical recycling solution for polystyrene waste. The process maintains polystyrene at its highest value throughout the circular supply chain and allows for the beneficial use and reuse of this important product."