American polystyrene producer AmSty has partnered with recycling firm Agilyx to build an advanced recycling facility in Louisiana.

The companies will develop the facility, which will have the capacity to recycle 50t to 100t a day, at AmSty’s Styrene production facility in St James.

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This facility will be an expansion of Agilyx’s advanced recycling technology, which is used at the parties’ Regenyx joint venture in Tigard, Oregon.

The companies are conducting a feasibility study for the project ahead of its construction and commissioning.

A consortium named Cyclyx, of which AmSty is a founding member, will supply feedstock for the new facility.

AmSty president and CEO Dr Randy Pogue said: “Polystyrene is an ideal material for the future of recycling.

“Not only can polystyrene products offer sustainability advantages where less material is required, but polystyrene is particularly advantageous for advanced recycling because it can be ‘unzipped’ back to its original liquid form, styrene monomer, using 40% less energy than other polymers.

“As the global plastics industry moves toward circular recycling to build value and grow access, polystyrene becomes very attractive as a first mover with its inherent conversion advantages. AmSty is committed to keeping polystyrene products out of landfills through circular recycling.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Agilyx in this new project to accelerate progress.”

Agilyx CEO Tim Stedman said: “Development of this technology has picked up over the past decade, and it is time to reach a larger scale.

“We have been operating Regenyx with AmSty since 2019 and are pleased to expand our relationship toward a much larger facility at St James. Joining AmSty as a co-investor underlines our commitment to accelerating the implementation of our advanced recycling technology and licensing model.

“We believe that our technology will significantly increase the availability of recycled content for producers.”