Exxtend™ technology Questions & Answers

Plastics made from petrochemicals are essential to a range of products that enable modern life – from protective medical equipment to construction materials to automobile parts. But some plastics are hard to recycle.

Learn more about how ExxonMobil’s ExxtendTM technology for advanced recycling could enable society to increase the circularity of a broader range of products versus traditional mechanical plastic recycling.
Advanced recycling effectively transforms plastic waste into raw material building blocks that can then be used in the process of making plastic and other valuable products with the same quality and performance as those that are made just from virgin fossil feedstock.
ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology breaks down plastic waste to its molecular building blocks while removing contaminants. These are the molecular building blocks that form the raw materials for making our products – products that are identical to those made from virgin fossil feedstocks.
  • In North America, all polyethylene and polypropylene grades will be available.
  • We have received ISCC PLUS certification at several of our locations, and we are working on setting up global capacity to reach 500 kTa advanced recycling capacity by year end 2026.
  • ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology allows ExxonMobil to offer our full range of polyethylene and polypropylene with attribution of certified circularity from plastic waste.
  • Previously, we have announced the construction of a Baytown unit with capacity to process 30kta of plastic waste, with expected start-up by year end 2022.

  • In Europe, the company is collaborating with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling plant in Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, which is expected to process 25,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year when it starts up in 2023, with the potential for further expansion to 33,000 metric tons of annual capacity.

  • The plan is to have 500kta of capacity (to process plastic waste) by YE2026 globally.

  • Contact us for more information.
One of our key sources will be Cyclyx International LLC, a joint venture formed by ExxonMobil and Agilyx. Cyclyx is focused on developing innovative solutions for aggregating and pre-processing large volumes of plastic waste that can be converted into feedstocks for valuable products. Cyclyx helps supply ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling projects, and does the same for others, as well.
  • Advanced recycling can process a far wider range of plastics waste than mechanical recycling with higher level of contaminants.

  • Plastic waste can be used in multiple ways. We believe advanced recycling and mechanical recycling are complementary and both are necessary for meeting society’s circularity aspirations.