Chemical Recycling

| October 31, 2019

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Industry is now pushing for a new technological fix for plastic waste, called “chemical recycling.” New proposals are popping up in Australia, the EU, Indonesia, Malaysia,Thailand, and the U.S., increasingly supported by favorable legislation. While plastics-to-plastics (P2P) and plastics-to-fuel (PTF) facilities are in principle different, industry increasingly touts certain facilities as “chemical recycling,” when in fact, these companies turn plastic back into a fossil fuel, which is later burned.

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Calvary Industries was founded in 1983 as a chemical compounding supplier and manufacturer. Since then we have expanded to three locations and over 150,000 sq. ft of manufacturing and warehouse space. Calvary Industries formulates and produces blended process chemicals such as industrial cleaners, conversion coatings, metalworking fluids, paper & pulp, and waste treatment chemistries. We also blend, package and otherwise process customer-owned product to customer specifications. Material is shipped in containers ranging from 4 oz. to bulk tank truck. Our production staff and processes are supported by chemists and fully equipped laboratories. With manufacturing capabilities throughout North America and partners abroad, our geographical service area is extensive.

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Calvary Industries was founded in 1983 as a chemical compounding supplier and manufacturer. Since then we have expanded to three locations and over 150,000 sq. ft of manufacturing and warehouse space. Calvary Industries formulates and produces blended process chemicals such as industrial cleaners, conversion coatings, metalworking fluids, paper & pulp, and waste treatment chemistries. We also blend, package and otherwise process customer-owned product to customer specifications. Material is shipped in containers ranging from 4 oz. to bulk tank truck. Our production staff and processes are supported by chemists and fully equipped laboratories. With manufacturing capabilities throughout North America and partners abroad, our geographical service area is extensive.

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