For years, scientists have been searching for ways to recycle plastic in a more efficient way. Latest invention by Blest, a Japan base company is claiming their machine is capable to turn plastic back into oil that can be used to created gasoline, diesel or kerosene. And the amazing part is, for 1kg of plastic, you will be able to convert it back into 1litre of oil!
And for you information, it is estimated up to 7% of total world’s annual oil production is used to produce and manufacture plastic, and that figure is equivalent to entire African continent’s petroleum consumption level.
Blest’ conversion technology is claimed to be very safe as it uses electric heater with temperature control rather than using flame. You will be able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene (numbers 2-4), unfortunately, it still can not convert PET bottles (number 1) back into oil yet.
To conversion for 1 kg of plastic need approximately 1 kW of electricity, or translate into monetary value, it costs about JPY20.- or USD20 cents. The interesting part is, the process is capable of turning 1kg of plastic back into 1l of oil, which isn’t a bad return, not to mention that it doesn’t even create any CO2 during the process.
In Japan, plastic bottles, plastic shopping bags and plastic food packaging are about 45% of overall household plastic waste (according to statistical data in 1998).
In case you heard someone complaining about the difficulty of recycling plastic wastes, you should really ask him/her to take a look at what folks in Japan are now heading to!
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