Industry associations form pact to recycle waste plastic into oil

The Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will focus on increasing the awareness and benefits of plastics-to-oil technologies along with strengthening the industry’s voice through expanded membership and growing network of allies.

Founding members of the group include Agilyx Corp. (Beaverton, Oregon), Cynar Plc (London) and RES Polyflow (Akron, Ohio). Membership is open to entities that develop and implement technologies to convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum and petroleum-based products.

“Plastics-to-oil technologies are a promising solution for repurposing used plastics that would otherwise end up in a landfill,” said Jon Angin, vice president of business development at Agilyx Corp. and chairman of the Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance.

“The technologies becoming available now are poised to take advantage of an abundant, domestic alternative energy source, while helping to reduce waste,” Angin said.

“This is an exciting time for plastics-to-oil technologies, and we are very pleased to be working closely with these firms,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the ACC.

“Used plastics are a valuable resource that should be recycled whenever possible, but when recycling isn’t an economically or environmentally feasible option, there is enormous potential to transform used plastics into energy to help power America’s homes, businesses and communities. The members of ACC’s new Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance are helping to make this happen,” Russell said.

ACC’s Plastics Division views the new alliance as a complement to its existing programs to increase plastics recovery and as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics.

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