Shell starts recycling plastics in Louisiana





Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its complex in Geismar, La., adding 425,000 metric tons per year of the key ingredient in consumer goods such as laundry detergent and hand soaps. Photo: Shell Chemical


Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its complex in Geismar, La., adding 425,000 metric tons per year of the key ingredient in consumer goods such as laundry detergent and hand soaps.


Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its complex in Geismar, La., adding 425,000 metric tons per year of the key ingredient in consumer goods such as laundry detergent and hand soaps.

Photo: Shell Chemical



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Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its complex in Geismar, La., adding 425,000 metric tons per year of the key ingredient in consumer goods such as laundry detergent and hand soaps.


Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its complex in Geismar, La., adding 425,000 metric tons per year of the key ingredient in consumer goods such as laundry detergent and hand soaps.

Photo: Shell Chemical




Shell starts recycling plastics in Louisiana

Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday it has started making petrochemical products from recycled plastic waste to eventually help combat the growing fears that the world is drowning in plastics.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said it is partnering with Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels to break down hard-to-recycle plastics into a liquid feedstock and then manufacture new high-end petrochemical products. The feedstock was delivered from Nexus to Shell’s chemicals plant in Norco, La. outside of New Orleans.

The rising global glut of plastic waste threatens the future of the petrochemical sector and Shell is now investing in recycling technologies, while other companies such as BP and Houston’s LyondellBasell are building recycling plants to help address the problems.