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The plastics industry says this technology could help banish pollution. It’s ‘an illusion,’ critics say

The plastics industry says this technology could help banish pollution. It’s ‘an illusion,’ critics say

Posted on June 13th, 2024



CNN — A squat, light-colored building in Tigard, Oregon, was supposed to be part of a game-changing new solution for the global plastics industry.


Called Regenyx, this recycling facility took in polystyrene — a hard-to-recycle plastic used for products like coffee cups, egg cartons and meat trays — and melted it right down to its building blocks, ready to be made into new products.


The process, which used a technology called chemical recycling, could be done an infinite number of times, according to Agilyx, the company behind the facility, saving waste polystyrene from landfill, incineration or around 500 years of clogging up streets, rivers or oceans.


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