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Newly Formed Houston Recycling Collaboration Raises Bar for Modern Recycling Systems

“Houston, you have a solution”

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2022) – Today the City of Houston, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Cyclyx International, and FCC Environmental Services signed a memorandum of understanding forming the Houston Recycling Collaboration. The following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) vice president of plastics:

“Today the city of Houston and four business partners have come together to find solutions that will move Houston’s recycling system into the modern era. Congratulations to the Houston Recycling Collaboration for setting the stage to dramatically improve recycling rates and sustainability in a major U.S. city and creating a blueprint on how to do so for other cities.

“Any modern recycling system must use all the tools in the toolbox to succeed. That includes using advanced recycling technologies that can recycle significantly more types of plastics than traditional recycling methods to make virgin-quality plastics for use in the most precise applications, such as medicine, food contact, and consumer safety products. Also, this collaboration will increase access to recycling programs for the community and local business and improve recycling education and outreach for the residents of Houston.

“The Houston Recycling Collaboration will help keep plastics in our economy and out of our environment. By bringing together two of the world’s largest chemical companies, each with announced plans to expand recycling capacity, a leading environmental services company with deep experience in Houston, an innovative circular systems developer, and the fourth largest municipality in the country, a more circular economy for plastics and a sustainable city are on the horizon.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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