Agilyx adds foam densifier

Company receives a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to apply toward the purchase.

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November 1, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products Plastics

Agilyx Corp., Tigard, Oregon, says it has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, Falls Church, Virginia, to purchase a densifier, allowing for more recycling of polystyrene foam.

The Oregon-based energy company recently expanded to include polystyrene conversion. The process uses recycled polystyrene to produce a styrene monomer and other petrochemical products, creating the first true circular economy for styrene, the Foam Recycling Coalition says.

“We are able to handle all types of foam polystyrene materials, including cups and food containers that might still have residue left on them,” says Brian Moe, Agilyx vice president of operations. “Agilyx is working hard to bring recycling options to the marketplace that have not existed in the past and is excited to see support for our efforts by the Foam Recycling Coalition.”

Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, which houses the coalition, says, “Companies like Agilyx provide the processing we need to help increase foam recycling across the country. Their efforts mean these valuable materials are able to be recycled in the communities they serve instead of going to landfills.”

Agilyx, which currently works with communities in the Northwest, has the capacity to process more than 3,000 tons of polystyrene foam annually, the Foam Recycling Coalition says. Adding a densifier at the front end of the operation will allow for more efficient recycling and processing.

The grant was made possible through contributions to FPI’s Foam Recycling Coalition, which focuses on increased recycling of postconsumer polystyrene foam. The coalition launched the grant program in 2015 to help fund infrastructure to collect and process these products. Its members include Americas Styrenics; Cascades Canada ULC; CKF Inc.; Chick-fil-A; Commodore; Dart Container Corp.; Dyne-A-Pak; Genpak; Hawaii’s Finest Products; INEOS Styrolution; NOVA Chemicals Corp.; Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging; and Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA.

Agilyx is the seventh grant recipient. Nearly 1 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam because of the Foam Recycling Coalition’s grant program.