Turn plastic waste back into oil

Industry news / DATE:2015-1-9

Did you know that approximately 7% of global oil reserves are used to produce plastic bags; that nearly 900 million barrels of crude oil (a nonrenewable energy source) are used every year to make plastic? What if we could reverse the process, turn plastic waste back into oil?


Convert plastic to oil

Both a boon and a bane, plastic has touched almost every part of modern life. It's everywhere — we eat and drink from it or with it, we drive encased in it, we wear it, we are entertained by it, it’s used in the construction of our homes, and many products in our hospitals are plastic. Plastic has made our lives easier and we have become dependent on it. But it's this very usefulness — some 260 million tons of plastic are produced each year globally — that’s behind plastic's biggest problem. What do you do with it when it's no longer needed, useful or usable?
Our disposable Western mindset tells us to simply throw the snapped plastic fork or the empty plastic bottle out with the trash. Many of us recycle, but still, it’s estimated that less than 4 percent (2 million tons) of plastic waste is recycled in the U.S., leaving about 46 million tons to be disposed of in other ways.
Whether it's incinerated (which produces hazardous emissions and toxic ash) or buried in landfills (where various toxic chemicals are released during the slow degradation of plastics) or dumped at sea, humans, animals and the environment suffer as a result.

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