Residents in the greater Portand, Ore., region can now recycle expanded polystyrene under a pilot program with chemical recycling company Agilyx Corp. (Tigard, Ore.) and Oregon Metro, the regional government.
The Metro South Transfer Station in Oregon City now accepts clean EPS, such as the kind used in foam coolers, some coffee cups, egg crates, and meat packing trays, as well as some appliance, electronics, and furniture packaging. Agilyx will preprocess the collected EPS and ship it to Regenyx, an advanced recycling facility it jointly operates with polystyrene producer Americas Styrenics (The Woodlands, Texas), it says. Regenyx will turn the plastic scrap into a recycled styrene monomer that can be used to make new PS products, which Agilyx says will have up to a 70% lower carbon footprint than virgin plastics.
If the pilot program is successful, Oregon Metro and Agilyx say they plan to develop additional collection programs and drop-off facilities throughout the Portland area. Visit www.agilyx.com