A New Wave of Plastics Recycling

History of PolyUsable™ and Other Plastics Recycling


new Plastics Recycling history

Read below to learn about the history of PolyUsable™ and other plastics recycling efforts...


agilyx facility opens

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.

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amsty signs agreement with agilyx

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."



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.



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.