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Advanced chemical products

ExxonMobil develops and produces a range of advanced products that reduce GHG emissions and improve sustainability. 

>200

of ExxonMobil chemical products advance sustainability benefits, including agricultural films that increase crop yield, extend shelf life and decrease food waste

1 billion

pounds of advanced plastic recycling capacity planned to be built by year-end 2026

Rethinking recycling

ExxonMobil believes advanced recycling is a necessary complement to mechanical recycling to help reduce plastic waste in the environment. Simply put, advanced recycling can:

  • Convert difficult-to-recycle plastics back into virgin quality raw materials that can be used to make new products
  • Enable a broader range of plastic products to be recycled
  • Increase the number of times a plastic material can be recycled without degrading

ExxonMobil plans to build a large-scale advanced recycling facility at its Baytown, Texas complex, which will be among the largest advanced plastic recycling facilities in North America. ExxonMobil recently made its first shipment of certified circular plastic from Baytown, Texas, where in 2021 we processed almost 4 million pounds of plastic waste that would've otherwise likely ended up in a landfill. That's equivalent of recycling 360 million grocery bags.

Learn more about ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling process and plans
At ExxonMobil, we are focusing a significant portion of our industry-leading R&D capabilities on developing performance products that enable reductions in plastic waste, as well as technology options that convert plastic waste to valuable products through advanced recycling.
Karen McKee

President, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company

product spotlight

Food packaging

Our light-weight packaging materials, including advanced polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) resins, help preserve and protect food products for longer – from the factory floor to your freezers. Preserving that food could help end global hunger and reduce food costs for billions of people. Advanced plastic packaging also reduces total product weight and allows more products per shipment, which means fewer trucks on the road and less gasoline used, adding up to fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative plastics to combat food waste

project spotlight

Atando Cabos

Discarded plastic fishing rope were contaminating the delicate ecosystem of Patagonia. Atando Cabos wanted to recycle these ropes, but found they were made of incompatible plastics which couldn’t be separated. ExxonMobil worked with them to find a solution using Vistamaxx performance polymers, which not only allows the ropes to be recycled, but dramatically improves end-product quality. Read more about the project

A foundation for innovation

ExxonMobil Chemical has three world class technology centers in Texas, Belgium and China. Here, ExxonMobil scientists research the latest polymers, plastics and products that will meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Expansion at the Shanghai Technology Center
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Unlocking the potential of advanced recycling ExxonMobil engineer Natalie Martinez discusses the company’s efforts to scale up advanced recycling and her part in making it happen.

Advanced chemical products Energy Factor Aug. 31, 2022

From plastic waste to valuable goods – going circular with Exxtend™ ExxonMobil recently made its first shipment of certified circular plastic from Baytown, Texas, where in 2021 we processed almost 4 million pounds of plastic waste that would’ve otherwise likely ended up in a landfill. That’s the equivalent of recycling 360 million grocery bags.

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