Technology turns plastic into oil

Students and professors at University of North Carolina Wilmington have a small contraption that they believe can simultaneously solve environmental and economic issues by turning plastic, a pollutant, into oil, a commodity. Now, those involved with the project are working to convince local business leaders and government officials to implement the concept.

The piece of equipment is called a tabletop depolymerizer, and UNCW is the first university to receive one, said Scott Davis, Plastic Ocean Project business development intern. The college partnered on the research with national nonprofit Plastic Ocean Project and PK Clean, the makers of the technology.

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Tire-recycling plant to process OTR tires

Success for Ellsin Environmental has come in incremental steps — inches as opposed to leaps and bounds —but Bob MacBean recognizes that’s the way it goes when you’re innovating new technology.

MacBean, CEO of Environmental Waste International, Ellsin’s parent company, said its Sault Ste. Marie tire recycling plant has made a number of advancements in the last eight months, with the company poised to sign a deal within the next 60 to 90 days.

Launched in 2011, the facility uses reverse polymerization technology to process used tires, breaking them down into their core elements of carbon black, oil, syngas and steel, which will then be sold to end users in the rubber, coatings or plastics industry.

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Plastic ban okay. But policy on recycling could do more

Before the ban on sale and use of plastic products reached the conceptual stage, there was a belief that “innovation” could see the common waste being transformed to deal with the city’s ill — from repairing bad roads to even producing fuel.

Back in 2002, Rasool Khan and his brother Ahmed Khan were called to help the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) lay roads.

“In the subsequent decade, we supplied over 10,000 tonnes of plastic to pave 3,000 km of roads,” Mr. Rasool Khan said. Their company —K.K. Plastic Waste Management Private Ltd. — is among the few to hold a patent for this technology.

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Alaska flight will use fuel made from recycled plastic waste

fuel made from recycled plastic waste

Jeremy Rowsell, a British born pilot, adventurer and environmentalist, is set to fly across America in August of this year in an aeroplane that is fueled by recycled plastic waste. The On Wings of Waste flight is an ambitious, daring and historic initiative to raise awareness about end-of-life plastic waste in our oceans and to highlight its potential benefits as a new source of fuel.

Rowsell was inspired for this flight after his time spent flying single-engined aircraft in the Pacific as a ferry pilot. He remembers looking down and seeing the devastation: “I had heard of the pacific garbage patch, but until I stepped foot on the islands myself, I didn’t realise how big the issue was,” said Jeremy.

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Recycled plastics & plastic waste to oil – All you need to know!

Recycled plastics & plastic waste to oil - All you need to know!

Economic growth and change in consumption and production pattern resulted into increase of plastic waste which leads to remarkable impact on environment. Plastic now have become a crucial material and the demand of this is increasing because of its durability, low cost, and diverse applications in industries and households. Growing amount of solid waste globally and the requirement for its removal have created an apprehension regarding the environmental health and economic issues. Waste plastic represents the large fraction of the total waste generated worldwide. Plastic materials are highly durable but requires long period of time for degradation due to their strong molecular bonds that make it resistant to natural processes of degradation. Every year approx. 500 billion pounds of plastic is manufactured. In many countries the process of recycling plastic has been carried out from last several years. Additionally, Ministry of Environment (MOE) have stringent the waste disposal law for industrial sector and many other sectors.

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Jeddah researchers explore alternative energy sources

Jeddah researchers explore alternative energy sources

JEDDAH: The ever-increasing energy consumption in the Kingdom has attracted the attention of Saudi scientists and spurred them to explore alternative renewable energy possibilities utilizing local natural resources.

Though fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas are used to fulfill the country’s energy needs, the government plans to double its current energy generating capacity up to 120GW by 2032.

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Working ‘Tyrelessly’ for the environment

working-tyrelessly for the environment

Gurgaon: Putting the idea of recycling into action, a city-based student has founded his own social venture where he aims to recycle all the tyres which have served their time. The web platform, called Tyrelessly, was launched by Anubhav Wadhwa, his third venture at the age of 16.

Wadhwa founded Tyrelesly in December 2015 and has launched his web platform just two days back. The company recycles used tyres to produce bio-fuel and other by-products. All one needs to do is to log in to Tyrelessly web platform and click on the option ‘Tyreless’, following which the team sends their truck to pick up the tyres from one’s doorstep and sends the same for recycling.

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Enval’s pyrolysis technology highlighted in plastics report

The recently released Ellen MacArthur report singled out Enval’s microwave induced pyrolysis technology as a way to recycle plastic and aluminium while achieving energy savings as part of the circular economy.

The foundation is named after Dame Ellen MacArthur, record-breaking sailor, and was established to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by influencing business, governments and academia.

The foundation’s report was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and focuses on the issues associated with the growing use of plastics worldwide.

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Stawell’s 9 million tyre pile to disappear

Recycling Tires Into Oil

The new owner of Stawell’s nine million tyre stockpile, Used Tyre Recycling Corporation (UTRC), is keen to start the shredding process having just purchased a $250,000 tyre shredder.

Dr Matthew Starr, CEO of UTRC, said they were working well with authorities such as the EPA, CFA, and Powercor, and have invested considerable resources to help make the site more secure and reduce its fire risk.

“Within the next 12 months we expect to have invested $10 million in infrastructure in Stawell. We are very serious about reducing the stockpile and as soon as our processing plant is operational, we will be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to do just this.

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Wringing power from plastic

YOUR old toothbrushes, plastic bottle tops and bread tags could soon end up powering tractors and forklifts, if the City of Cape Town has its way.

Last month, the city launched a R10m pilot project backed by the Japan International Co-operation Agency to extract oil from plastic that would otherwise have gone to landfill. Japanese companies CFP Corporation and Kanemiya have installed a waste-to-oil plant at the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility, capable of converting 500kg of plastic into 500 litres of oil per day.

The city recycles only 16% of its waste, far shy of the 25% target in the government’s 2011 National Waste Management Strategy.

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