Plastic waste chemical recycling company Agilyx and polystyrene foam egg cartons maker Dolco Packaging have collaborated to trial polystyrene plastic collection programme.

As part of this programme, Dolco’s Wenatchee facility in Washington will accept clean expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) packaging and rigid polystyrene.

Collected plastics will be recycled at Regenyx, the advanced recycling facility in Tigard, Oregon. Regenyx is a joint venture between Agilyx and AmSty.

Agilyx CEO Joe Vaillancourtsaid: “We are very excited to be working with Dolco to create new circular pathways for post use polystyrene.

“It is our mission to increase plastic recovery globally through new plastic collection programmes with companies that see the value. Dolco has proven to be a true leader in post use plastic stewardship.”

The programme seeks to expand recycling of polystyrene with the pilot serving as a model for more collection programmes across Pacific Northwest.

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Recycled materials produced at Regenyx have up to 70% lower carbon footprint when compared to virgin plastics.

Dolco senior vice-president and general manager Jay Arnold said: “As a leading manufacturing of polystyrene egg cartons and food trays, our Wenatchee, Washington, facility already recycles approximately four million pounds annually of our own post-industrial scrap and puts it back into our manufacturing process.

“Now, we are taking our efforts a step further by taking what we have collected from the community, as well as some of our industrial scrap, and giving it to Agilyx who will use its proprietary technology to recycle it into next generation polystyrene.”

Last month, Agilyx announced collaboration with US regional government group Oregon Metro to pilot a polystyrene foam collection programme.