The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the U.S. produced 35.7 million tons of plastic in 2018 but only 9% got recycled. About 5.6 million tons were burned to create energy, releasing greenhouse and toxic gases. And 27 million tons were buried in landfills or ended up in gutters, rivers and oceans.
Florida-based Purecycle said it will use advanced chemical and mechanical processes to break down plastics. The company’s website says it uses a non-toxic solvent process developed by consumer product maker Proctor & Gamble to produce virgin resin.
“We are thrilled that a solutions-oriented company like PureCycle will be joining the recycling ecosystem we’re cultivating in Georgia,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said in a press release.