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ExxonMobil to Build Large-Scale Plastic Waste Recycling Facility in Texas
October 11, 2021

ExxonMobil announced plans to build its first, large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, which is expected to start operations by the end of 2022. The company has a smaller temporary facility at Baytown that is operational and producing commercial volumes of Certified Circular Polymers that will be marketed by the end of this year to meet growing demand.

The new facility follows validation of ExxonMobil's initial trial of its proprietary process for converting plastic waste into raw materials. The trail has successfully recycled more than 1,000 mt of plastic waste, the equivalent of 200 million grocery bags, and has demonstrated the capability of processing 50 mt/day.

Upon completion, the Baytown facility will have an initial planned capacity to recycle 30,000 mt/yr of plastic waste. ExxonMobil added that operational capacity could be expanded quickly if effective policy and regulations that recognize the lifecycle benefits of advanced recycling are implemented for residential and industrial plastic waste collection and sorting systems.

The energy major said it is also developing plans to build approximately 500,000 mt of advanced recycling capacity globally over the next five years. It has also obtained certifications through the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC Plus) process for several of its facilities to meet customer demand for Circular Polymers.

In Europe, the company is already collaborating with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling plant in Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, which is expected to process 25,000 mt/yr of plastic waste upon startup in 2023, with potential further expansion to 33,000 mt/yr of capacity. Sites in the Netherlands, US Gulf Coast, Canada, and Singapore are also being assessed.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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