The previously announced TruStyrenyx plant will provide an all-in-one solution for the chemical recycling of polystyrene back into a pure styrene monomer


The TruStyrenyx chemical recycling facility will be located in Channahon, Illinois. (Credit: Félix Juan Gerónimo Beltré from Pixabay)

Norway-based recycling company Agilyx and INEOS Styrolution announced that they are advancing the development of the previously announced TruStyrenyx chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Illinois.

The TruStyrenyx plant is the result of the parentship between Agilyx and France-based Technip Energies.

TruStyrenix is said to be a comprehensive solution for the chemical recycling of polystyrene. It combines Agilyx’s pyrolysis process and Technip Energies’ purification technology.

The facility will have the capacity of recycling up to 100 tons of polystyrene waste per day.

It will act as an all-in-one solution for the chemical recycling of polystyrene back into a pure styrene monomer, the recycling company said. The styrene monomer can be used to produce new, food-grade plastic products or packaging.

Agilyx CEO Tim Stedman said: “I’m delighted that we are partnering with INEOS Styrolution to continue development of the first large-scale TruStyrenyx plant, utilizing some of the private placement funds Agilyx raised in September.

“We view TruStyrenyx as a game changer in the recycling of polystyrene, enabling an incredibly high purity, circular solution. This new facility will help to meet the growing demand from brand owners and consumers who want to see more recycled plastics in products.”

As per the agreement, Agilyx and Technip Energies will partner with INEOS Styrolution to develop the design and engineering of the chemical recycling facility. The designs will act as the basis for the construction of the plant.

The completion of engineering is expected this year, which will serve as the basis for the financial investment decision.

INEOS Styrolution president Greg Fordyce said: “We are very pleased to announce the advancement of the recycling plant in Channahon, Illinois. This facility will increase polystyrene recycling rates in the greater Chicago area and across the United States and demonstrates our company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

“The TruStyrenyx facility will allow us to provide our customers with recycled content that is incredibly high purity for producing environmentally conscious products using innovative and sustainable solutions.”