The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the US produced 35.7 million tons of plastic in 2018, but only 9% was recycled. About 5.6 million tons were burned to produce energy, releasing greenhouse gases and toxic gases. And 27 million tons were buried in landfills or ended up in gutters, rivers and oceans.
Florida-based Purecycle announced plans to use advanced chemical and mechanical methods to break down plastics. The company’s website states that it uses a non-toxic solvent process developed by consumer goods maker Proctor & Gamble to make virgin resin.
“We’re excited to have a solutions company like PureCycle join the recycling ecosystem we cultivate in Georgia,” said Pat Wilson, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in a press release.