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2021-07-27

Agilyx technology provides the capability to recycle of hundreds of thousands of tons of previously unrecyclable flame retardant insulation

  • Flame retardant-laden polystyrene can now be recycled into high purity styrene monomer through Agilyx's advanced recycling process.
  • This technological advancement creates significant new market opportunities and enables recyclability of over 200kt[1,2] of material annually just in Europe with far larger volume potential in North America and Asia.

PORTLAND, Oregon, July 27, 2021 - Agilyx Corporation (AGLX), a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS (Euronext Growth (Oslo): "AGLX") and a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, announced today a significant milestone in their collaboration with a strategic technology partner which will allow for the recycling of brominated flame retardant-laden polystyrene into a high purity styrene monomer for direct use in downstream products including PS, EPS, ABS, SBR, SAN and Unsaturated Polyester Resins.

The integrated technologies of Agilyx depolymerization open the pathway for previously unrecycled materials, such as construction foam and insulation, to be put back into use as new materials at a quality level equivalent to those manufactured from any other styrene monomer. These materials can then be used for any application from building materials to food containers.

"This new advancement in our advanced recycling capabilities truly demonstrates the excellence of Agilyx's collaborations," said Tim Stedman, chief executive officer of Agilyx. "The ability to recycle flame retardant-laden polystyrene not only allows this contaminated material to be part of a sustainable recycling value chain, but it will open up new markets that were previously closed due to the contamination associated with these materials. This is an exciting step on our mission to making all plastics circular, even those that are most distressed and contaminated."

1. Conversio, Final Report Waste generation, waste streams and recycling potentials of HBCDcontaining EPS/XPS waste in Europe and forecast model up to 2050, April 2020. (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjY08PJovfxAhVDT98KHQHkA6cQFjAAegQIBhAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpolystyreneloop.eu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F01%2FConversio-study.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1d-tWFV0E1ZaPzu6gJ4WjH)
2. Preliminary Information on Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution, Use, and Disposal: Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD), U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 2017. (https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/P100Y5CT.TXT?ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=2016+Thru+2020&Docs=&Query=&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&IntQFieldOp=0&ExtQFieldOp=0&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5Czyfiles%5CIndex%20Data%5C16thru20%5CTxt%5C00000016%5CP100Y5CT.txt&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=anonymous&SortMethod=h%7C-&MaximumDocuments=1&FuzzyDegree=0&ImageQuality=r75g8/r75g8/x150y150g16/i425&Display=hpfr&DefSeekPage=x&SearchBack=ZyActionL&Back=ZyActionS&BackDesc=Results%20page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=1&SeekPage=x&ZyPURL)

Contact

Kate Ringier

Vice President, Communications & Government Affairs, Agilyx

Tel: + 41 43 883 0396

Email: kate.ringier@agilyx.com

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