AmSty, INEOS, Trinseo jointly explore polystyrene recycling options

AmSty, INEOS, Trinseo to jointly explore polystyrene recycling options

6:20 AM, 16th September 2020
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Polystyrene is used as a packaging material for various applications. To tackle plastics issues, world's leading polystyrene producers, AmSty, INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo have agreed to jointly explore recycling options for polystyrene. (Representative Image)

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: To accelerate driving the circular economy for styrenics forward, three of the world’s leading polystyrene producers, AmSty, INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to jointly explore recycling options for polystyrene.
AmSty, INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo are committed to a circular economy for polystyrene. This JDA represents the first global combined effort to explore advanced recycling technologies, optimize them for commercial use and call for all contributors along the value chain to make circularity of polystyrene a reality.
The three companies are aiming at an economy where post-consumer polystyrene waste does not end up in landfills but is recognized as a valuable resource for the development of new materials for future use.
Polystyrene is a unique polymer suitable for multiple advanced recycling solutions like depolymerization. Its properties make it ideal for a circular economy – even enabling food contact compliancy of the recycled material, often considered the holy grail of polymer recycling.
All three companies have done their own independent research and have invested in various projects to further the commercialization of advanced recycling capacity. This new joint effort allows all participants to share best practices and optimize recycling technologies for large-scale commercial use.
“I am thrilled to see the industry coming together globally to work on a common goal to realize true circularity for styrenics. This is a true win-win for all participants in this joint effort and finally for our customers, for consumers and for society,” said Dr Randy Pogue, president and chief executive officer, AmSty.
“Polystyrene has all it takes to make it a star in a circular economy. Enhanced recycling technologies even offer recycled polystyrene at food contact quality. Which other polymer can do that?” said Alexander Gluck, president EMEA, INEOS Styrolution.
“This marks another milestone in our industry’s commitment towards a circular economy where we can continue to enjoy all the benefits of polystyrene whilst solving the environmental challenges at the same time. I am looking forward to see other members of the value chain joining us to make our vision become a reality in the very near future,” said Nicolas Joly, vice president, plastics & feedstocks, Trinseo.

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