U.S. Startup Develops Process to Convert Plastic Waste into Oil


A U.S. startup company says it has developed a technology to convert plastic waste into a highly refined, low-sulphur oil, an innovation company officials say could provide a domestic source of fuel and keep untold amounts of plastic out of landfills.

Developed by New York-based JBI Inc., the Plastic2Oil system melts up to 4,000 pounds of plastic waste per hour, producing a liquid stream that is then vaporized in a process that rearranges the materials’ hydrocarbon chains, capturing about 86 percent of the hydrocarbon content.

Ultimately, the process produces a fuel that can be used in diesel engines, ship engines, and power plants.

“When there have been attempts in the past to make fuel from plastic, it’s been low-quality, low-flashpoint, kind of sludgy,” John Bordynuik, the company’s founder, told NPR. “In this case, we’re making a very highly refined, consistent product that’s within specifications of any standardized fuel.” The company says it has signed deals to work with companies that generate significant amounts of plastic waste.

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  1. It is amazing to hear that technologies are now using the technique of converting plastics into fuel that can be useful for us. Because plastics can be found everywhere and causes pollution. By these projects it can promote the new use of sugar and turning it to be a more useful one..