A Japanese engineer has invented a portable machine about the size of a dorm refrigerator that will turn waste plastic back into oil.
I’m not sure how it will reduce carbon emissions, as is his claim. It would seem that once the oil is burned, the carbon will go back into the air.
However, this is still an incredible innovation. Such machines can be powered with electricity from windmills so no new fossil fuel energy will be needed for the conversion.
The greatest boon, in my opinion is that it will provide an incentive to clean up millions of tons of trash on the planet, as that trash will now be seen as money to be mined out of waste dumps.
I remember reading that one of the men who writes about the island of plastic trash in the pacific, the one the size of Texas, planned on building a boat that would use the trash for oil/fuel.
Interestingly enough, I just found out about a larger scale, more serious operation like this around the corner from me in Derwood, Maryland:
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