ACC forms new plastics group

Plastics-to-Oil Alliance aims to boost opportunities for technologies that convert nonrecycled plastics into petroleum-based products.

January 15, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

The Washington, D.C.-based American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division has formed a new group that seeks to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert nonrecycled plastics into petroleum-based products.

The group, called the Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance, will work to increase awareness of the benefits of plastics-to-oil technologies, enhance the industry’s voice through expanded membership and demonstrate broad support for plastics-to-oil technologies through an expanding network of allies, the ACC says. 

Founding members of the group include Agilyx Corp., Beaverton, Ore.; Cynar Plc,  London; and RES Polyflow, Akron, Ohio. The ACC says membership is open to all entities that develop and implement technologies to convert nonrecycled plastics into petroleum and petroleum-based products.

Jon Angin, vice president of business development at Agilyx and chairman of the new alliance, says, “Plastics-to-oil technologies are a promising solution for repurposing used plastics that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

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

“This is an exciting time for plastics-to-oil technologies, and we are very pleased to be working closely with these firms,” says 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 says.

The ACC says its 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.