Good as new: how chemical recycling is giving every day plastic a new lease of life

Worley has partnered with Agilyx and INEOS Styrolution to advance the circular economy for plastics and will be providing engineering design services for a commercial-scale polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Illinois

Agilyx, the leader in converting post-use plastics back into plastics, chemicals, and low-carbon fuels, and INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, have announced their joint development of a chemical recycling facility with a processing capacity of up to 100 tons of post-consumer polystyrene feedstock per day.

The facility uses Agilyx’s proprietary chemical recycling technology to break waste polystyrene into its molecular base monomers that will be used to create new styrenic polymers. The development will enable the recycling of polystyrene contaminated with food and other organics into new, food-grade, plastics products and packaging.

Helping to develop Agilyx’s pioneering technology, Worley will be responsible for integrating the core systems with the balance of plant for the chemical recycling facility. “We are pleased to support Agilyx and INEOS Styrolution in paving the way to closed loop recycling in the growing plastics to chemicals market.” said Bradley Andrews, President Energy & Chemicals Services – Canada, US West & Central.

“INEOS Styrolution is looking forward to working with Worley and Agilyx to make the vision of a circular economy for polystyrene a reality in Illinois,” said Ricardo Cuetos, INEOS Styrolution Vice President Americas, Standard Products. “Our collaboration with Worley and Agilyx is driven by a shared mission of delivering valuable innovation to the market.”

Building a facility that will include more communities and businesses into the circular economy for plastics requires us to work with a reputable partner that is able to meet the challenges of a new process,” said Jessica Good, PE, Director of Project Management for Agilyx. “Our work with Worley and INEOS Styrolution on this project will increase plastics recovery and recycled content into the materials produced in Channahon.”


Worley, press release, 2020-03-06.


INEOS Styrolution


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