28 Feb '14, 12am

Plastic Bags Can be Recycled Into Diesel Fuel #green #news #green

Plastic Bags Can be Recycled Into Diesel Fuel #green #news #green

Researchers at the University of Illinois, or more precisely the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, have discovered a process that can turn used plastic shopping bags into a compatible drop-in diesel fuel and a number of petroleum products. The recycling process also works to recover most of the initial manufacturing inputs that go into producing plastic shopping bags. Given that each year an estimated 100 billion shopping bags are thrown away in the US alone, this is great news indeed. According to the researchers, the recycling process actually produces a lot more energy than it requires, along with resulting in the creation of transportation fuels such as diesel. The latter can then be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. The other products that can be obtained by this shopping bag recycling process include natural gas, naphtha, gasoline, ...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2014/02/plastic-bags-can-be-re...

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