Dow Announces New Investments in Mechanical, Chemical Recycling

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As part of Dow Chemical’s second quarterly report of 2022, CEO Jim Fitterling announced several recycling initiatives and partnerships. The expansion in capacity is expected to make Dow the largest consumer in the world of recycled plastic feedstock for PE.

Rendering of the Mura recycling plant in Teesside UK. Photo: Mura Technology

  • Dow and Mura Technology will build multiple recycling facilities in the US and Europe, adding up to 600 kt of capacity. These facilities will complement Mura’s facility in Teesside UK, which is expected to be fully operational in 2023.
  • Dow will collaborate with Valoregen to build the largest hybrid recycling plant in France. The facility will incorporate both mechanical and chemical recycling technologies and process up to 70 kt of waste annually. It is also expected to be operational 2023.
  • Dow also announced its intent to secure the output of a new Nexus Circular advanced recycling plant in Texas, expected to process up to 26 kt of waste annually. According to the press release, Dow will use the feedstock to create new, recycled plastics for food-contact, health, hygiene, and fitness applications.

Fitterling said he expects the investments will both stimulate the supply of mechanical recycling inputs and yields, and expedite production of circular polymers across markets worldwide.