Skip to comments.Australian scientists may have discovered solution to our plastic recycling problem
Posted on 11/19/2019 5:23:18 PM PST by yesthatjallen
When China announced in January 2018 that it would stop taking Australia's recyclable waste it was a wake-up call for the industry.
Now Dr Humphreys sees the mountains of stockpiled plastic as a wasted resource one he says could be used instead as fuel or remade into new plastic.
His Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) does just that through a form of chemical recycling that changes the plastics at a molecular level using hot water at a high pressure to turn them back into oil.
"What we're doing is we're simply taking those materials and converting them back to the liquids and the chemicals they came from," he told 7.30.
From there, the oil can be turned into bitumen, petrol or back into different kinds of plastics.
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> using hot water at a high pressure to turn them back into oil <
What? More oil? How dare they! This is going to get Greta Thunberg even angrier than before.
how much energy and how much plastic did it take to make that 1 liter of “oil”?
Apparently you have struck oil!
That is the question.
They’ve known about making oil out of plastics for years. I remember from about thirty years a huge used tire dump in the Virginia mountains caught fire and because it was in a steep gully they couldn’t get to it to put it out so it burnt for weeks. The big problem was oil was running down the gully from the bottom of the pile.
Adding plastic straws to your every Amazon order is as easy as pie and a lot cheaper. Gotta do it every order or it doesn't work.
Make leftists cry. Or don't and we all die in unspeakable torture.
I’ve sold shredded tires to a Wisconsin utility.
They burn good, along with chopped railroad ties.
Somewhere a greenie read your post and had a cardiac incident!
Deja vu all over again.
Once upon a time, glass was used to hole all of our liquids.
I burn a few tires every year to celebrate Earth Day.
Unlike traditional physical recycling, it does not require plastics to be separated according to type and colour, and can recycle anything from milk cartons to wetsuits and even wood by-products.
It also means plastic products can be recycled again and again.
Taiwan simply open-burned our plastic. It was an open secret, but our masters didn’t want the country to turn against recycling (as it would crash a lot of leftist egos)...so it never got much play.
Pyrolysis of oil is simple. This is not new. They went to the UK because they subsidize the product with credits. Australia did not. Tech doesn’t pay for itself, unless government gives credits.
There is an efficient tech being deployed now in the US.
So, you just put them in an Insta-Pot.
PlastiFrack might be a good thing to trademark.
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