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Article | February 4, 2014
New plastics-to-oil alliance formed
New group within the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division to support technologies that allow for the repurposing of non-recyclable plastics.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has formed a new group within its Plastics Division that will work to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum-based products. According to ACC, the new 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. Founding members of the group include Agilyx Corp., Cynar Plc, and RES Polyflow. Membership is open to entities that develop and implement technologies to convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum and petroleum-based products. “Plastics-to-oil technologies are a promising solution for repurposing used plastics that would otherwise end up in a landfill,” says Jon Angin, Vice President of Business Development at Agilyx and Chairman of the Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance. “The technologies becoming available now are poised to take advantage of an abundant, domestic alternative energy source, while helping to reduce waste.”“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.” ACC’s 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.
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