ExxonMobil to develop first plastic waste advanced recycling facility

ExxonMobil, an American multinational oil and gas corporation, is planning to develop its very first, large-scale plastic waste innovative recycling capability in Baytown, Texas, which is anticipated to commence its operations by the end of 2022.

Through recycling plastic waste into raw materials which can be reused to make plastic and extra valuable products, the concept might help solve the problem of plastic left-over in the environment.

To satisfy rising demand, a smaller, temporary plant is currently up and running, manufacturing commercial quantities of certified circular polymers offered by the end of the year.

ExxonMobil's innovative technique for turning plastic waste into raw materials was validated in an early trial at the new plant.

Until now, the trial has recycled over 1,000 metric tonnes of plastic trash, the equivalent of 200 million grocery bags, and has proven a processing capacity of 50 metric tonnes per day.

After the large-scale plant is completed, Baytown will be one of North America's primary plastic waste recycling operations, with an initial capacity of 30,000 metric tonnes of plastic trash recycled each year.

The operational facility could be quickly expanded if current policy and guidelines that acknowledge the lifecycle benefits of innovative recycling are executed for housing and industrial plastic waste assortment and sorting systems.

ExxonMobil is creating plans for building around 500,000 metric tons of innovative recycling capacity worldwide in the coming five years. The company is also examining sites in the U.S. Gulf Coast, Singapore and Canada with further expansion plans.

In addition, in Europe, the firm is engaging with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling plant in Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, that will handle 25,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste per year when it opens in 2023 potential to expand to 33,000 metric tonnes per year.

Moreover, ExxonMobil has achieved certifications through the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC Plus) procedure for several plants to fulfill customer demand for circular polymers.

Source Credit - https://www.environmentalleader.com/2021/10/exxonmobil-to-build-its-first-large-scale-plastic-waste-advanced-recycling-facility/