Oil from Plastic Scrap

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

We came across a very interesting YouTube video titled, “Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil”. The video discusses and demonstrates a machine that converts plastic back into oil. Akinori Ito developed the machine and travels all over the world to show people that plastic is not waste, but a resource that can be reused.

“The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene. The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. The company makes the machines in various sizes and has 60 in place at farms, fisheries and small factories in Japan and several abroad.”

Is this something countries that don’t have a recycle program in place should consider or try? Would the benefits outweigh the possible cost for this machine? If the whole world had a machine to turn plastic into oil, there is a chance CO2 emissions could drastically decrease but its just a matter of convincing the whole world to purchase the machines and use them.

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