New Facility Among Largest Recycling Capacity in the World
Akron, OH – February 14, 2023: Today Alterra announces its license arrangement with a subsidiary of Freepoint Eco-Systems Holdings LLC (“Freepoint”) for a proposed 192,000 tonnes per annum advanced plastics recycling facility to be sited in the Gulf Coast region. This facility will be one of the largest advanced recycling plants in the world with the potential to increase the capacity to 288,000 tonnes per annum.
Currently, Alterra operates an industrial-scale, fully continuous 20,000 tonnes per annum recycling facility in Akron, Ohio and licenses its proprietary technology to convert end-of-life plastic into feedstock for new plastic products worldwide. This Freepoint project will be Alterra’s first licensing transaction in North America.
“We are excited that an established global commodities merchant with a focus on owning and operating advanced recycling assets to minimize the reliance on fossil fuels for plastic production has chosen the Alterra technology,” said Alterra CEO Frederic Schmuck. “Freepoint shares our vision of a cleaner planet. They are a formidable partner as we build a solution to meet our industry’s circularity goals and enable a world where plastic is never discarded but instead remade over and over.”
“Freepoint selected the Alterra recycling process for our potential Gulf Coast facility because it has successfully operated at commercial scale in the recycling of hard-to-recycle waste plastics. This project will increase the recycled content of the new plastic produced, significantly reduce carbon emissions, divert almost 200,000 tons per year of waste from landfills, as well as assist in the creation of a more sustainable economy and a healthier planet,” said Jeff McMahon, Managing Director of Freepoint.
The facility will recycle end-of-life plastic otherwise destined for landfills or incineration. The recycling facility’s output will be ISCC Plus certified and sold exclusively to Shell under a supply agreement.
“Shell is delighted to be strengthening its existing relationships with Alterra and Freepoint. With the potential to recycle more than 190,000 tonnes of post-use plastic per year, this facility will support Shell in delivering more of the circular chemicals our customers want,” said Phil Turley, GM, Plastic Circularity Shell.
About Alterra Energy LLC: Alterra is the developer, operator, and licensor of a thermochemical liquefaction process technology that renews discarded plastic back into its original building blocks, thus minimizing reliance on fossil fuels for the manufacturing of new plastic products. Our Akron, OH advanced recycling facility is the only full-scale, continuous plant of its kind. By licensing our technology to petrochemical companies driven to meet sustainability goals, we are Solving Plastic Pollution® through Infinitely Renewed Plastics™.
About Freepoint Eco-Systems Holdings LLC: Freepoint Eco-Systems Holdings LLC is an affiliate of Freepoint Commodities LLC, a global commodities merchant providing supply chain management services and eco-friendly products and solutions to its customers. Among other things, Freepoint Eco-Systems is in the business of securing supplies of waste plastic that is not being recycled and converting that waste into reusable products via its advanced recycling facilities. Freepoint Eco-Systems is engaged in business operations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. More information can be found at FreepointEcoSystems.com
About Shell Chemicals: Shell’s global chemicals business supplies customers with a range of base, intermediate and performance chemicals used to make products that people use every day. Shell wants to play its part in the transformation of the plastics value chain from linear to circular, reducing the need for raw materials and introducing more recycled products into everyday life. Shell believes that advanced recycling technology offers is a complementary solution to reduce, reuse and mechanical recycling measures; and is investing, innovating, and collaborating across the plastic waste value chain to support its growth.