The Woodlands, Texas-based AmSty and Tigard, Oregon-based Agilyx have formed a joint venture, Regenyx LLC, “dedicated to fully recycling postconsumer polystyrene materials back to new polystyrene products,” according to a news release.
Regenyx will use Agilyx’s chemical recycling process to convert used polystyrene (PS) products back to their original liquid styrene monomer. AmSty works with its supply chain partners to make new PS products with the styrene monomer “without any degradation of quality or value.” The companies call the circular recycling model the PolyUsable process.
“Today’s announcement marks a major milestone not only for AmSty and Agilyx, but for our collective ability to dramatically increase recycling rates,” remarks Agilyx CEO Joe Vaillancourt. “Our collaboration with AmSty brings together a complete system that will allow us to continually recycle polystyrene products back to polystyrene products. Agilyx has been driven for the last 15 years with a vision to end wasteful outcomes of postconsumer plastics, and we are very excited to be partnering with AmSty to help drive innovations that will give perpetual use to polystyrene.”
Regenyx will assume the assets of Agilyx’s Tigard facility, which is currently scaled to process 10 tons of PS per day and already ships recycled styrene monomer to AmSty. In addition, AmSty and Agilyx will “work together to develop plans for a larger regional facility scaled to process 50 tons per day, currently envisioned for the West Coast.”
“We are excited to take this step forward with Agilyx toward a new future for plastics recycling,” AmSty President and CEO Brad Crocker states. “Polystyrene products like foam cups, foam packaging and single-use items are uniquely suitable for conversion back to chemical building blocks that can be used to make new products over and over. We are committed to a future where discarded polystyrene materials are no longer sent to landfills. This approach also holds great promise for other types of plastics as well.”