ExxonMobil has completed its first commercial sale of certified circular polymers using Exxtend, its proprietary technology for advanced plastic waste recycling.
The buyer is Berry Global, a supplier of innovative packaging and engineered products, which will use the circular polymers to manufacture containers for high performance food grade packaging using a mass balance approach.
“We are increasing our advanced recycling capabilities around the world to make more circular products for our customers,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “Our Exxtend technology helps us meet the growing demand for certified circular polymers, especially in food contact applications where plastic products offer key sustainability benefits.”
The Exxtend technology helps expand the range of plastics the company recycles, while maintaining product performance across multiple recycling loops, ExxonMobil said in its statement. The product quality and performance of certified circular polymers is identical to that of polymers produced from virgin raw materials, increasing the variety and number of customer applications.
“We have ambitious sustainable packaging targets, including reaching 30% circular content in our fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030,” said Tarun Manroa, Chief Strategy Officer, Berry Global. . “Advanced recycling can help our customers achieve their sustainability goals and accelerate the shift to a more circular economy. Collaboration across the value chain is key to achieving this.
The initial sale of Certified Circular Polymers is based on plastic waste processed at ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling facility at its integrated site in Baytown, Texas. The facility began operations in 2021 and has already processed over 4 million pounds of plastic waste.
The operation in Baytown will be one of the largest advanced plastic waste recycling facilities in North America, with a capacity to recycle 30,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year when its expansion is complete later this year. By leveraging ExxonMobil’s existing assets, the company’s advanced recycling capabilities can be quickly scaled to handle a wide range of plastic waste. To help meet growing market demand for certified circular plastics, ExxonMobil plans to increase its annual advanced recycling capacity to 500,000 metric tons, or approximately 1 billion pounds, by the end of 2026 on several sites around the world.
The company has obtained certifications under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC PLUS) process for several of its facilities, including Baytown. ISCC PLUS is widely recognized by the industry as an effective system to certify the circularity of products based on advanced recycling using plastic waste mass balance attribution.