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Plastic to oil fantastic
by Carol Smith on August 27, 2010
Keywords: incineration, mottainai, plastic, recycling, waste management

Due to exceptional circumstances, we are republishing the present story about an exceptional innovation. Over a year after it was originally published, this video brief about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine recently got a viral boost and exceeded 115,000 views on YouTube.
This is evidence that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.

Here on Our World 2.0, on the video’s YouTube page and those of re-posters too, as well as on the hot Reddit Science link, the topic has generated much interest and debate amongst commenters.

Many think that this type of recycling is not a solution, but that instead the world should be seriously focused on the first “R” — which is reduce. We should shun single-use plastic (such as your average PET bottle or disposable container) altogether, they argue. The world’s oil resources are diminishing; does technology like this enable our denial of that fact, or is it a hopeful and constructive step in the right direction?

Others have concerns about pollution or toxic residue from the conversion process. Blest tells us that, if the proper materials are fed into the machine (i.e., polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene — PP, PE, PS plastics), there is no toxic substance produced and any residue can be disposed of with regular burnable garbage. They also explain that while methane, ethane, propane and butane gasses are released in the process, the machine is equipped with an off-gas filter that disintegrates these gases into water and carbon.

Lastly, commenters from around the world are anxious to know if and where they can purchase a machine. Though the company still mainly produces larger, industrial-use machines, Blest Co. will be more than happy to hear from you. Please contact them directly at [email protected]


Interesting to say the least................
 

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I strongly believe it is good for us to pollute the area in front of the trap house with lots of plastic wads. If someone wants to rake them up and make a little oil from them I would approve, but I plan to keep dumping lots of plastic on the trap field.

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I think we will need much larger scale units. There was nothing said about efficiency. What heats the machine? If you heat it with fuel previously produced in the machine, aren't you really turning plastic into CO2 and other gasses? Same thing if you use the produced fuel to run a generator to run the machine. What is needed is a way to do it with solar so the produced fuel can be used in lieu of newly pumped oil.
 

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The news is great!

BUT it just goes to show that the USA is falling behind as usual, shame on us!

Its the biggest reason for the "down sizing" of the federal government!
 

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wireguy- Oil is solar produced fuel. A few years ago sunlight was converted to plant material by photosynthesis and the plant material eventually became oil. The energy we use to operate our automobiles originated from the Sun.

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We're way ahead of the Japanese..

Global Resource Corporation, a development stage company, engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of machinery and equipment units for decomposing petroleum-based materials in the United States. The company?s applications cover its microwave technology for recovering hydrocarbons and fossil fuels from sources, such as tires, oil shale, capped wells, coal, automotive shredded residue, municipal solid waste, shale deposits, and waste oil streams. Its microwave technology has applications in the reduction of hydrocarbons in drilling cuttings to permit on-site disposal; the volatilization of heavy or slurry oil; the recovery of oil from oil shale and oil sands; and the medical applications. Global Resource Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

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I would like to see the cost of converting plastic back to oil. I know the plastic (for now) is free but it takes energy to make enough heat to melt the plastic and there is the problem.

Does cost of using electricity to heat the plastic to a liquid consume more energy than the amount of oil produced during the process? And don't forget the cost of labor if you are talking commercial adaptation.

Labor is an important part of the equation. A lot of things are fun at first.

Sort of like alcohol from corn. It takes more energy to make that it will produce.

If the cost is more it does not stand a chance.

But I guess if you are in need of oil for a heater in winter and no money. Go for it. Just don't forget the electric bill at the end of the month.

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To hell with the plastic.
Lets drill for oil, its cheaper and renewable.

If we were to bury all of the Liberals, Socialists and all other Sh!t heads deep enough in the ground, they will eventually in a few million years, be compressed and converted into oil.

Now if we were to harness all of the green house gasses emitted from their mouths during their political rambling, we could probably solve everything.
 
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