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Chemical Recycling Is Completely Changing the Plastic Recycling Game

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You've probably heard the statistic that only 9 percent of plastic actually gets recycled. But if a newer technology called chemical recycling takes off, that figure just might improve. As reported by CBS News, Oregon-based chemical recycling company Agilyx believes that this newer, more complex method of recycling will help save significant amounts of plastic from landfills.

As explained on Agilyx's website, here's how chemical recycling works. Instead of breaking plastics down into small pellets, which is how traditional plastic recycling works, chemical recycling breaks plastic down into "high value synthetic oils, chemicals and in some cases back to basic monomers that can be used to re-manufacture products." Agilyx says that its chemical recycling process is actually more environmentally friendly than typical plastic recycling.