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The recycled plastics economy is growing as Chevron Phillips Chemical sells its first commercial batches of recycled polyethylene, a building block for common kinds of plastic. .

The recycled plastics economy is growing as Chevron Phillips Chemical sells its first commercial batches of recycled polyethylene, a building block for common kinds of plastic.

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The recycled plastics economy is growing as Chevron Phillips Chemical sells its first commercial batches of recycled polyethylene, a building block for common kinds of plastic.

The Woodlands-based petrochemical giant, a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66, said previously it was the first to start producing so-called “circular” polyethylene — named for the potential to repeatedly recycle plastics into new materials — on a commercial scale. 

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CPChem’s chemical recycling process, launched in October 2020, converts plastic waste to liquids that can become new petrochemicals. It can convert a range of materials, including hard-to-recycle plastics, into the building blocks necessary for new chemicals.

“Filling the first orders of our circular polyethylene is tangible proof of our work to accelerate change for a sustainable future,” said Benny Mermans, CPChem’s vice president of sustainability.

amanda.drane@chron.com

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