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Sustainable Times - Issue 17
C H E M I C A L R E C Y C L I N G – T H E H O LY G RA I L?
What if there was an option to replace a material with another that has the same appearance, physical properties, remains safe for use in food packaging, and offers a lower carbon footprint? This may sound ideal, but the use of chemical recycling technologies holds the potential to make this happen. At the AMI Chemical Recycling conference in Houston, we attended with several hundred attendees. Representatives from equipment suppliers, technology providers, recyclers, converters, material suppliers, software developers, and others joined for several days of presentations, panels, and discussions. There was much excitement and interest to collaborate and learn more about this technology.
On day 1, we took a bus tour to ExxonMobil’s facility in Baytown, TX. This facility expands over 5 square miles and is the location of their newest chemical recycling investment. This facility houses a unit which has a capacity to produce 40kt (thousand tons) annually of pyrolysis oil that can be fed into their existing units for manufacturing of polyethylene and polypropylene products.
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