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EASTMAN MAKES BIG STRIDES IN CHEMICAL RECYCLING OF PLASTICS
US chemical company Eastman has developed two circular production processes. Eastman is building a facility, expected to be completed in 24 to 36 months, which will perform chemical recycling on a broadly mixed stream of polyester-family polymers using a process called methanolysis. The input stream includes polyesters as well as coloured, coated and contaminated polyethylene, says Holli Alexander, strategic initiatives manager for global sustainability at Eastman. The company, which reported revenues of US$ 10 billion (EUR 9 billion) last year, says its innovative process can break down the plastic scrap into two base monomers, dimethyl terephthalate and ethylene glycol, from which virgin polyester is made. ‘Our intention then is to use those monomers as intermediates for our co-polyester production in-house,’ Alexander explains. That would include the company’s Tritan plastic, used primarily for consumer housewares, Eastar for packaging and the Glass polymer for cosmetic packaging. READ MORE