Solvent Introduced at PureCycle's Ironton Facility

PureCycle initiated the solvent startup procedure at its polypropylene purification facility in Ironton, Ohio.

Solvent Introduced at PureCycle's Ironton Facility
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May 30, 2023
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Ironton, Ohio – May 30, 2023 – PureCycle Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCT), last week, initiated the solvent startup procedure at its polypropylene purification facility in Ironton, Ohio. The solvent introduction comes following several key activities at the plant.

The solvent is key to the PureCycle process. Polypropylene is dissolved into the solvent and then processed to remove colors and contaminants, leaving behind an Ultra-Pure Recycled (UPR) resin.

PureCycle CEO Dustin Olson said, “The introduction of solvent is a pivotal step in the operational startup of the Ironton facility. By introducing solvent, our team will be able to gather more data to ensure that the facility is running properly.” He added, “In the next phase, we’re going to continue to run extensive testing of our system and then introduce feed based on the data we collect from the plant.”

Successful solvent introduction marks another major milestone in operational startup as the Ironton facility continues working toward the production of an estimated 107 million pounds of UPR resin per year. The solvent used is part of PureCycle’s proprietary purification process licensed from The Procter & Gamble Company.

PureCycle Vice President of Manufacturing Brett Hafer commented, “From the onset of this project through the present, we have invested heavily in the implementation of process safety management in an effort to ensure safe and environmentally responsible operation. Success requires a steadfast attention to detail and an ongoing commitment from all.”

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PureCycle Contact

Christian Bruey

cbruey@purecycle.com

+1 (352) 745-6120

About PureCycle Technologies

PureCycle Technologies LLC., a subsidiary of PureCycle Technologies, Inc., holds a global license for the only patented solvent-driven purification recycling technology, developed by The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), that is designed to transform polypropylene plastic waste (designated as No. 5 plastic) into a continuously renewable resource. The unique purification process removes color, odor, and other impurities from No. 5 plastic waste resulting in an ultra-pure recycled (UPR) plastic that can be recycled and reused multiple times, changing our relationship with plastic. www.purecycle.com

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• PCT's ability to obtain funding for its operations and future growth and to continue as a going concern;  

• PCT's ability to meet, and to continue to meet, applicable regulatory requirements for the use of PCT’s UPR resin (as defined below) in food grade applications (both in the United States, Europe and internationally);  

• PCT's ability to comply on an ongoing basis with the numerous regulatory requirements applicable to the UPR resin and PCT’s facilities (both in the United States, Europe and internationally);  

• Expectations and changes regarding PCT’s strategies and future financial performance, including its future business plans, expansion plans or objectives, prospective performance and opportunities and competitors, revenues, products and services, pricing, operating expenses, market trends, liquidity, cash flows and uses of cash, capital expenditures, and PCT’s ability to invest in growth initiatives;  

• PCT’s ability to scale and build its first commercial-scale recycling facility in Lawrence County, Ohio (the “Ironton Facility”) in a timely and cost-effective manner;  

• PCT’s ability to complete the necessary funding with respect to, and complete the construction of, (i) its first U.S. multi-line facility, located in Augusta, Georgia (the “Augusta Facility”); (ii) its first commercial-scale European plant located in Antwerp, Belgium and (iii) its first commercial-scale Asian plant located in Ulsan, South Korea, in a timely and cost-effective manner;  

• PCT’s ability to sort and process polypropylene plastic waste at its plastic waste prep (“Feed PreP”) facilities;  

• PCT’s ability to maintain exclusivity under the Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) license (as described below);  

• the implementation, market acceptance and success of PCT’s business model and growth strategy;  

• the success or profitability of PCT’s offtake arrangements;  

• the ability to source feedstock with a high polypropylene content at a reasonable cost;  

• PCT’s future capital requirements and sources and uses of cash;  

• developments and projections relating to PCT’s competitors and industry;  

the outcome of any legal or regulatory proceedings to which PCT is, or may become, a party including the securities class action case;  

• geopolitical risk and changes in applicable laws or regulations;  

• the possibility that PCT may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors, including rising interest rates, availability of capital, economic cycles, and other macro-economic impacts;  

• turnover or increases in employees and employee-related costs;  

• changes in the prices and availability of labor (including labor shortages), transportation and materials, including significant inflation, supply chain conditions and its related impact on energy and raw materials, and PureCycle’s ability to obtain them in a timely and cost-effective manner;  

• any business disruptions due to political or economic instability, pandemics, armed hostilities (including the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine);  

• the potential impact of climate change on the company, including physical and transition risks, higher regulatory and compliance costs, reputational risks, and availability of capital on attractive terms;  

• operational risk; and  

• the risk that the COVID-19 pandemic (“COVID-19”), including any new and emerging variants and the efficacy and distribution of vaccines may have an adverse effect on PCT’s business operations, as well as PCT’s financial condition and results of operations.  

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any of the assumptions made by the management of PCT prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements.

 

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