Materials for modern living

Advanced recycling for plastics

Advanced recycling can help extend the usefulness of plastics and address the challenge of plastic waste.

What is advanced recycling?

Advanced recycling can turn more of the plastics we use every day into valuable products. The process converts plastic waste back into its molecular building blocks, which then become the raw material for making new plastics and other products. It’s a proven technology that can be used around the world, significantly improve recycling rates and support a more circular economy.

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"Advanced recycling and mechanical recycling are complementary. Where mechanical can have limitations on the number of times you can recycle a plastic, advanced recycling can overcome some of those challenges."

Adrian Da Costa

Global Business Development Director

Why does advanced recycling matter?

Less than 10% of plastics are recycled today. The rest is incinerated, put into a landfill, or winds up in the environment.

Advanced recycling complements mechanical recycling and helps address plastic waste by enabling the breakdown of more kinds of plastic and converting them back into the molecules needed to make new products. It’s also helping users of plastic such as packaging manufacturers, beverage companies, and restaurants meet their sustainability goals.

Chart representing that less that 10% of plastics are recycled today.
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data

Advanced recycling: A different way to handle used plastics

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What we're doing now

Our large-scale advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, has been operating since December 2022, capable of processing 80 million pounds of plastic waste per year.

This facility is already helping to meet rising demand for circularity, with sales in the United States, Canada, Thailand and Australia, among others.

We plan to increase our global capacity to 1 billion pounds per year by the end of 2026, with advanced recycling facilities in Europe, the United States, and Asia Pacific.

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Advanced Recycling Truck In Front of Unit Wideshot

Bringing advanced recycling to life

  • Plastics play a valuable role in keeping food fresh, water clean, and medical devices sterile
  • Advanced recycling helps convert more types of plastics into new products
  • Demand for circular material is increasing beyond mechanical recycling's capacity

Materials for modern living Viewpoints

From plastic waste to valuable - goods going circular with ExxtendTM

From plastic waste to valuable - goods going circular with ExxtendTM

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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ExxonMobil Chemical’s mission is to provide quality chemical products and services in the most efficient and responsible manner to generate outstanding customer and shareholder value while remaining committed to the principles of sustainable development.

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