AUSTIN, Texas—Eric Hartz did not quite say it's time for the chemical recycling sector to put up or shut up. Not those words, exactly.
But the president of Nexus Circular L.L.C. told the crowd at the Resource Recycling Conference in Austin that the sector needs to deliver on promises.
"We, the industry of advanced recycling and specifically pyrolysis, we just have to deliver. We have to perform," he said during an Aug. 16 conference session exploring chemical recycling.
"The burden is on us to build plants at scale that work. And that's really what has to happen. I do think, unfortunately there's a lot of news that floats around this space. There's a lot of promises made," he said.
And promises unfulfilled.
"I don't think there's ill will. I don't think it's malicious. I just think they are hopeful. And we need to break that pattern," he said.
That pattern has been long on promises and short on solutions over the years as those who venture into the space discover the difficulties of actually turning a profit.