I'm in the same boat as Greg, I had no idea as to the energy content of plastics and quite frankly did not realize plastic components and structures could be considered combustible. Just never crossed my mind. I think recovery is a great idea and anytime we can take refuse and create energy we are ahead of the game. This of course is provided the financials are proper and allow for recovery of investment dollars. I am sending your article to a friend of mine. He owns a company specializing in cogeneration of electricity using renewable biomass and collection of methane from landfills.
Great post and another example of "news we can use".
There are companies working on it. They seem to have some success and some set backs.
I'm sure that politics often interfere with progress.
If we could pull plastics out of the oceans and turn it into fuel, we'd all be better off. But, many governments and corporations would have to answer for how the plastics got there in the first place.
Greg, it's funny, but every time I write about alternative fuels someone asks that question about emissions. I do know that there's a net overall reduction in emissions for all these methods. Very few of these methods actually burn plastics. Even the few remaining ones that do are by law entirely closed-loop emission-contained systems. Today, this is a non-issue, at least in the US. We can't give links anymore in comments, but I suggest you check out this article I did, and its comments, from two years ago: Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization It answers a lot of these questions.
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