A California company will process carpets underwater to generate better-quality nylon and PP pellets, and a French company says a recently acquired plastics reclaimer is compatible with its polymer compatibilization business.

Underwater processing: An advanced recycling facility that will generate recycled nylon and PP pellets from post-consumer carpets will open in Southern California next year. The Daily Bulletin reports the 126,000-square-foot XT Green facility will use a technology that processes carpets underwater, resulting in better-quality pellets and high yields. The state of California has designated the facility as an “advanced manufacturer,” giving the project a break on sales taxes.

Polystyrene to inks: GreenMantra Technologies has provided more details on its partnership to work with Sun Chemical on developing styrenic polymers for use in printing inks. GreenMantra recently received a grant to install a pilot unit that will process polystyrene scrap into styrenic polymers, and ink producer Sun Chemical will help refine the materials for commercial use.

Scaling up: A U.K. company converting post-consumer plastics into a feedstock for polymer and wax manufacturing has received a large boost in funding, Recycling International reports. Recycling Technologies, which chemically recycles plastics into a low-sulphur hydrocarbon product it calls Plaxx, has raised $6.6 million in funding to expand.

Reclaimer acquired: French multinational company Imerys has acquired U.K.-based Regain Polymers and will add the plastics reclaimer it to its polymer compatibilization business, according to a press release. Regain’s capabilities in washing, sorting and producing post-consumer flakes complements Imery’s mixed polyolefin compatibilization activity, marketed as ImerPlast.

Composite recycling: A new project with major backing from the public and private sectors aims to develop a “robust and scalable composite recycling methodology,” according to a press release. The project will test a pyrolysis technology that can recover glass and carbon fibers while converting the rest to synthetic gases.


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