A glimmer of hope for the global plastic waste crisis! 😊

Eastman to build one of the largest plastic-to-plastic recycling facilities in the world in Tennessee

This is great news for those of us who make a concerted effort to recycle our daily plastic. In the past, I have been told so many different things about recycling, like once things get to the recycling center, they hardly recycle anything and throw most of it out. No matter what I read or what people tell me, I continue to at least try and do my part. Now we have good news that things are moving in a positive and more constructive direction with the plans for the new plastic-to-plastic recycling plant that is coming.

Author: WBIR Staff

Eastman, already a global leader in plastics, chemicals, and fibers, will invest approximately $250 million in the facility over the next two years.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Eastman Chemical will build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic recycling facilities at its site in Kingsport.

Company leaders, Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe made the announcement Friday morning at the company’s headquarters in Kingsport.

Eastman, already a global leader in plastics, chemicals and fibers, will invest approximately $250 million in the facility over the next two years.

“With the growing demand for products made with recycled content and the urgent need to address the global plastic waste crisis, now is the time for Eastman to take this step,” said Mark Costa, Eastman board chair and CEO. “Thanks to the support of the State of Tennessee and our local officials, we are able to build this facility in our home state, which we believe positions Tennessee to be a leader in enabling the circular economy and an example for others to follow. This will be a great investment for our local community and our customers, while also creating small business jobs to develop the recycling infrastructure necessary to support investment in a sustainable future.” 

Using molecular recycling technologies like Methanolysis, Eastman’s new world-scale facility will convert polyester waste that often ends up in landfills and waterways into durable products, creating an optimized circular economy.

Eastman hopes to have the facility up and running by the end of 2022. The company has committed to recycling more than 250 million pounds of plastic waste annually by 2025 and hopes to recycle more than 500 million pounds annually by 2030. 

“Eastman is a global leader in the materials sector, and we are grateful that they continue to be one of the largest employers in our state. I’d like to thank the company for their continuous investment in Kingsport and for focusing on innovative technology that enhances the quality of life for people not just in Tennessee, but around the world,” said Gov. Lee. Eastman to build one of the largest plastic-to-plastic recycling facilities in the world in Tennessee | wbir.com Published: 11:05 AM EST January 29, 2021 Updated: 11:05 AM EST January 29, 2021

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How to recycle better
The best way to help the recycling business? Make it easier for them to operate.1. If you are not sure whether something is recyclable, don’t put it in the bin. Plants waste precious resources hauling and sorting what is ultimately trash.
2. Don’t try to recycle plastic bags or put your recycling inside a bag before tossing it in the bin. Bags aren’t recyclable at single-stream facilities, and they gum up the works at the processing plant.
3. If you live in the city of Atlanta, know that your glass is headed to the landfill—at least for now.
4. If your recycling starts to smell after a day or two, it means you haven’t cleaned the materials enough. That means they’re likely to get landfilled—no matter what they’re made of.
5. Don’t put paper inside a bottle inside a bag. Sorters don’t have time to take your garbage apart and look for the good stuff.
6. Be aware that bottles made from biodegradable and compostable plastics are often misidentified by the sorting machinery, which mistakenly directs them to the landfill.