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The long-term agreement calls for Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) to use Braven PyChem to manufacture new plastics and further circular economy goals.

Clare Goldsberry

June 23, 2021

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Braven Environmental has entered into a long-term agreement to supply Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) with pyrolysis-derived feedstock.

Braven’s proprietary pyrolysis process, which has undergone more than 10 years of testing and development, efficiently breaks down mixed, difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into a substance called Braven PyChem, explained the company. This output can be used to manufacture new plastics and help to achieve the goals of a circular economy.

Braven noted that its unique modular system allows for fast and cost-efficient installation, making it a preferred partner for companies and governments in search of a permanent and sustainable solution to waste plastic recycling.

“We are excited to work with CPChem and play a role in their industry-leading sustainability efforts,” said Nicholas Canosa, President and CEO of Braven Environmental. “Braven’s pyrolysis process and PyChem product offer an alternative to traditional waste plastics management and establishes a true circular economy for hard-to-recycle plastics by creating the building blocks for the creation of new plastics. Our PyChem feedstocks help environmentally conscious companies like CPChem achieve their circularity goals and we are excited to work hand-in-hand with CPChem as we continue to build more facilities.”

CPChem said it has already started to receive Braven PyChem from Braven’s first commercial-scale facility in Zebulon, NC, which started operations last year. In response to questions from PlasticsToday, Braven said that it can produce approximately 200 gallons of PyChem for every ton of #3 to #7 plastic waste at the Zebulon facility. The company declined to provide any information on the approximate number of tons the facility has processed over the past year via its pyrolysis process. The company did say that it receives most of its plastic waste from municipal waste facilities.

Braven said it expects to break ground at its second location in Virginia, first announced on June 2, 2020, later this year. It will serve as an additional Braven PyChem supply source for CPChem. “Additional sites are expected to be announced in the near term, as Braven executes its plan to build a network of facilities throughout the United States and abroad, addressing an ever-growing volume of waste plastics,” said the company.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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