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Amcor signs PCR offtake deal with ExxonMobil

Published: December 6, 2022
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Amcor and ExxonMobil leaders sign an agreement.

Michael Zamora, senior vice president of Product Solutions at ExxonMobil, and Ron Delia, CEO at Amcor, signed the agreement, through which ExxonMobil will sell increasing amounts of recycled resin each year to Amcor. | Courtesy of Amcor

One of the world’s largest packaging producers, Amcor, has signed a deal to buy huge amounts of chemically recycled resin from one of the world’s largest plastics producers, ExxonMobil. 

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What’s the right role for chemical recycling?

Published: November 29, 2022
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Mixed plastics baled for recycling.

As of 2021 there were more than 40 companies working to develop or manage chemical recycling projects in the United States. | paul prescott/Shutterstock

Mechanical recycling should take priority over chemical recycling, but there will need to be several technical solutions to the world’s plastic problem, argued panelists on a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar. 

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ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell to bankroll plastic sorting center

Published: October 18, 2022
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LyondellBasell's crackers at its Channelview, Texas complex.

LyondellBasell will chemically recycle scrap plastic feedstock produced by the Cyclyx sorting facility in Houston. Pictured are LyondellBasell’s crackers at its Channelview, Texas complex, which is near Houston. | Courtesy of LyondellBasell

Global plastics producers will invest about $100 million in a plastic scrap sorting facility to generate feedstock for both mechanical and chemical recycling processes. 

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Eastman to provide PepsiCo with recycled PET

Published: November 8, 2022
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As it looks to build its third chemical recycling facility in the U.S., Eastman is forging partnerships with PepsiCo and P&G to receive its processed PET. | Postmodern Studio/Shutterstock

Chemical recycler Eastman will be supplying PepsiCo with processed PET under a new offtake agreement. 

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Dow overhauls circular plastics goal

Published: October 18, 2022
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Dow company building in Houston.

Revised objectives for the company come on the heels of various internal reorganizations and international partnerships aimed at more robust circularity. | JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock

Chemical giant Dow has updated its “Stop the Waste” goal to “Transform the Waste” and now plans to produce 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable plastic annually by 2030, tripling its previous target.

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Scientists combine chemistry, biology to recycle mixed plastics

Published: October 18, 2022
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A tandem chemical and biological process that draws from decades-old studies on chemical oxidation can be used to break down a variety of plastic types. | PowerUp/Shutterstock

Researchers have developed a way to turn mixed polymer plastics into a single chemical product, which could potentially eliminate the need to sort plastic by type prior to recycling.

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Chemical recycling studies explore feedstock, benefits

Published: October 18, 2022
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Mixed plastics baled for recycling.

A Eunomia report commissioned by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste aimed to set requirements for pyrolysis feedstock. | paul prescott/Shutterstock

Two recently released reports investigated the benefits of chemical recycling and dug into setting feedstock requirements for pyrolysis.

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ExxonMobil explains its plans to scale up chemical recycling

Published: October 11, 2022
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ExxonMobil recently disclosed some details about the company’s chemical recycling plans. | JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock

A sustainability executive at ExxonMobil recently laid out details on the energy giant’s multifaceted strategy around chemical recycling, and it’s clear hopes are high.

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PureCycle opposition part of wider anti-plastic push

Published: September 28, 2022
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PureCycle met community resistance to the company’s site near Winter Garden, Fla. | Noah Densmore/Shutterstock

Americans are united in their desire for better plastic recycling, but the question of where to locate facilities is running into familiar not-in-my-backyard resistance, complicated further by concerns about racial and social justice. 

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Global roundup: New facilities, pollution-reduction partnerships

Published: September 28, 2022
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A number of plastic recycling announcements have been made around the world in recent weeks. | sukiyaki/Shutterstock

From France to Kenya to Thailand, a number of companies are building new facilities, cleaning up waterways and keeping an eye on working conditions. Here’s a roundup of some recent global plastic news. 

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