AmSty facility would recycle its own plastic products


AmSty’s styrene production facility in St. James is considering a 100-ton-per-day advanced recycling plant for polystyrene, reports The Advocate.

The owners are conducting a feasibility study to build a new facility that would process difficult-to-recycle plastic products it already manufactures. The new recycling facility would process between 50 to 100 tons of plastic each day. That’s the equivalent of keeping 37.5 million foam cups or 32.5 million food takeout containers out of the landfill.

It’s another joint venture between AmSty and Norwegian plastic maker Agilyx Corporation which has developed advanced recycling technology at its Oregon pilot plant, known as Regenyx.

AmSty, a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and Trinseo LLC, is the largest producer of polystyrene in North America. The St. James plant produces two types of styron used as a resin for foam products like cups, molded luggage, packaging and home appliances. The two styrene production lines have capacity of 450,000 tons and 500,000 tons per year. Read the full story.