Dow and Circusil LLC announced a partnership to construct their first commercial scale silicone recycling plant in North America. This facility, located in Kentucky, will recycle silicone waste streams from Dow’s U.S. operations as well as post-industrial waste streams from customers. Operations are targeted to begin in fourth quarter of 2024.The strategic investment marks a milestone in Dow’s commitments to silicone circularity and will allow the company to produce silicone polymers derived from silicone waste and end-of-life products originating from U.S. operations. 

The advanced recycling process that will be used at the new facility contributes to enhanced sustainability. In addition to achieving silicone recycling by closing the loop and ultimately reintroducing the recycled silicone product into silicone production, it also aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint. Recycled silicones exhibit a lower carbon footprint, compared to silicone manufactured from virgin material.

“Our partnership with Circusil LLC to establish silicone recycling capabilities in North America marks a major stride forward in our pursuit of circularity. It reflects our ambition to lead silicone recycling at scale,” said Eric Peeters, vice president for Dow Performance Materials & Coatings. “As a global silicone manufacturer, we are actively delivering on our commitment to drive circularity aiming to achieve a closed-loop system on this extremely valuable material, while lowering the carbon footprint of silicones.”

For Dow’s U.S. customers, this new facility in Paris, Kentucky, once completed, will generate the opportunity to recycle silicone waste from their own operations, have access to recycled based silicone polymers to address the growing demand for circular solutions, and accelerate progress toward their own sustainability objectives.

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