Where does your plastic go?

James of James recycling stands in front of a truck with many bags of styrofoam “What do you do with the plastic you collect?” is a common question we hear at James Recycling. China stopped accepting plastic from the U.S. in 2017 due to contamination issues, so many people wonder how and where we recycle our material, or if it’s even recycled at all.

Denton Plastics

We have a longtime partnership with a local industrial plastic recycling facility, Denton Plastics. Denton does not normally accept any household plastics, but made an exception when they met James and heard his story.

Denton is family-owned and the largest processor of recycled plastics in Oregon. Processing recycled plastic locally has significant environmental and human health benefits when compared to sending materials to distant and potentially unknown end markets. The plastic that James Recycling collects is processed at Denton’s facility, then sold to manufacturers all over the Pacific Northwest that make products in construction, agriculture, packaging and toys.

Denton is committed to the success and growth of James Recycling and dedicated to helping James, who is on the autism spectrum, and other people with different abilities.

Their president Nicole Janssen, is on our Board of Directors, and Nicole and her staff volunteer at almost all of our events.

Rain or shine, they are out there to support James Recycling and teach our community about recycling.

James Nicole and Mara-at Jesuit

Agilyx

We take all of our Styrofoam and #6 polystyrene plastic waste to our friends at Agilyx in Tigard, Oregon. The Agilyx facility is home to Agilyx’s R&D labs and Regenyx, an advanced recycling facility for polystyrene. Regenyx showcases Agilyx technology on a commercial scale, with the resulting resin pellets used to make original products – with the same quality and durability. Polystyrene products like utensils, cups and food containers are made new again, instead of being tossed in the trash.

Agilyx was one of the first companies to demonstrate that most unrecycled plastics are not only valuable but can be made circular on a commercial scale. Agilyx’s patented pyrolysis technology provides solutions that help shift our world from a linear, “make-take-waste” economy, to a more sustainable circular economy, aiding the transition to a low-carbon future. And because the heat process of their pyrolysis unit takes place in the absence of oxygen, no burning takes place.

The utilization of what is in and on the planet is what creates the larger impact, so the goal is to circularize the components of plastics that already exist in order to reduce harvesting, drilling, mining and etc. Leave the planet alone for a bit!

In a nutshell, Agilyx has created a patented pyrolysis technology that makes it possible for plastics to be “dismantled” back to their core ingredients so they can be reused to make new products, in lieu of continuously tapping the Earth for fresh resources.