Midland-based Dow has agreed to purchase recycled pyrolysis oil feedstock from Fuenix Ecogy Group, a Netherlands-based recycler, to produce new polymers at Dow’s Dutch production facilities in the city of Terneuzen.
According to the Dow and Fuenix, the agreement marks an important step toward increasing feedstock recycling — the process of breaking down mixed waste plastics into their original form to manufacture new virgin polymers. The polymers produced from this pyrolysis oil will be identical to products produced from traditional feedstocks and can be used in the same applications, including food packaging.
“We believe plastics are too valuable to be lost as waste and should be part of the circular economy,” says Diego Donoso, president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, who adds that Dow has various plastics re-use initiatives in South America, southeast Asia, Mexico, and the U.S. “This partnership with Fuenix is an important next step in moving us closer to the future we envision, which is the sustainable production of circular polymers.”
Donoso says the arrangement with Fuenix is an example of Dow’s strategy to enable a shift to a circular economy for plastics by focusing on resource efficiency and integrating recycled content and renewable feedstocks into its production processes. By doing so, post-consumer plastics will continue to have value through an extended lifespan. He says the agreement also contributes to Dow’s commitment to incorporate at least 100,000 tons of recycled plastics in its product offerings sold in the European Union by 2025.
“This partnership offers us the opportunity to scale up our technology,” says Sirt Mellema, CEO of Fuenix. “Our ambition is to ensure the value of plastic waste is fully used to create new, circular plastic while significantly reducing the global use of virgin raw materials and CO2 emissions.”