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July 22, 2022

Dow and Nexus Circular to develop recycling facility in Texas

The plant will convert more than 26,000mt of previously non-recyclable plastics into high quality circular feedstocks.

Global chemical company Dow and US-based recycling firm Nexus Circular have planned to develop an advanced recycling facility in Dallas, Texas.

The facility will have the capacity to process and convert more than 26,000t of previously non-recycled plastic into circular feedstock a year.

It will process and convert the material using Nexus Circular’s proprietary process and pyrolysis technology, which decomposes material at high temperatures.

As part of the letter of intent (LOI) signed by the two companies, Dow will use the feedstock as a raw material for manufacturing recycled plastics for food contact, health, hygiene and fitness applications.

The LOI builds on Dow and Nexus Circular’s initial joint effort as the chosen advanced recycler for the Hefty EnergyBag programme.

Launched as a collaboration between Dow, Reynolds Consumer Products and others, the programme aims to collect hard-to-recycle plastics at residential kerbsides to convert them into valued resources.

Dow hydrocarbons global sustainability director Manav Lahoti said: “Expanding our past, scaled success with Nexus to drive production of high-quality circular feedstocks, the new facility in Dallas marks an important step in meeting unmet market demand for circular plastics in Texas and other markets.

“We now have an even greater opportunity to close the loop on Dow’s materials through the delivery of Nexus’ circular products back to our plants, further accelerating progress toward our 2030 goal to enable one million metric tonnes of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled.”

In a separate development, Dow has expanded its partnership with advanced plastic recycling solution provider Mura Technology.

The partners intend to develop multiple world-scale 120,000t advanced recycling facilities in the US and Europe, adding as much as 600,000t of aggregate advanced recycling capacity each year by 2030.

The first plant powered by Mura’s HydroPRS process is scheduled to be operational next year.

Located in Teesside, UK, the facility will have an annual production capacity of 20,000t.

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