Clean Technica writes about a Canadian company, John Bordynuik.Ink (JBI) which has developed a process that uses waste plastics as a feedstock and turns them into fuel.

Under the name Plastic2Oil, it has developed and scaled an original processor that converts difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into separated, refined fuels (diesel combined with lighter fractions of gasoline).  One litre of oil is extracted for every kilogram of plastic.

JBI has installed a 20 metric-ton pilot plant in Niagara Falls, New York.  On June 14, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation gave the go ahead for the plant to begin operations. The plant has the ability to process 22 tons of plastic per day and operates continuously.  JBI has already entered into supply agreements.

JBI reports it has successfully overcome traditional barriers in this field, including:

  • The acceptance of unwashed, mixed waste plastics
  • Removal of residue without processor shut down
  • Refining of fuel without a high-cost distillation tower
  • Equipment that is not susceptible to pinhole leaks
  • Emissions are less than a natural gas furnace, while the process releases over 14 percent oxygen into the air

Unlike existing plastic-to-oil operations, JBI accepts all trash plastic, achieving a rate of conversion into clean fuel of almost 90 percent, while requiring minimal external energy (reactor is heated with approximately 8 percent off-gas captured and compressed). All waste plastic is fed through a shredder and a granulator and then heated in a process chamber, after which it proceeds into the main reactor.  JBI reports the system can handle up to 1,800 pounds (816.5 kg) at a time – good news about materials that  traditionally ended up at a landfill.

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