Circular recycling company Regenyx, based in Tigard, Oregon, has confirmed it has transitioned to 100 percent renewable energy at its facility. The company is a joint venture between Oslo, Norway-based Agilyx Corp., an early leader in the advanced recycling of postuse plastics, and polystyrene (PS) producer AmSty, The Woodlands, Texas.
Regenyx will receive 100 percent of its electricity from wind sources through enrollment in the Green Future Enterprise program with Portland General Electric. According to a news release from Agilyx, using solely renewable energy sources supports a transition to a low-carbon economy which aligns with the company’s sustainability goals to mitigate the climate-related impacts of its operations and disclose the environmental footprint and energy efficiency of its circular recycling processes.
“Agilx is using chemical recycling technology to help solve the problem of plastic waste in an effort to create a more sustainable circular economy for plastics,” Agilyx CEO Tim Stedman says. “Using electricity derived from nonrenewable resources to power that technology would be counterintuitive.”
Tim Barnette, vice president of polymers and sustainability at AmSty, says the two companies are working to make circular recycling as efficient and carbon-neutral as possible.
“We are optimistic that the move to wind-powered electricity will put us further down that path and we’re grateful to have this source available,” he says.
The companies announced earlier this year an agreement to explore building an advanced recycling facility, proposing an initial scope of a 50-to-100-ton-per-day PS facility at AmSty’s styrene production facility in St. James, Louisiana.
The technology is already in use at Regenyx in Oregon where postuse PS products are converted into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer.