Eastman Chemicals to Recycle PET Packaging


According to the November 7th edition of Chemical and Engineering News, Eastman Chemicals has received a substantial contract from PepsiCo that will justify construction of a third methanolysis plant to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging and fiber.  The Eastman process produces dimethyl terephthalate and ethylene glycol from the raw PET waste.


It is anticipated that the first plant located in Kingsport, TN. will be on-line during early 2023 and will process 110,000 metric tons of polymer per year.  A second plant will be established in France.  A third facility, to be located in the U.S., will process 160,000 tons of PET annually.