New Video Presents Plastics-to-Fuel Technologies as Solution for Non-Recycled Plastics

Posted: June 28, 2015 by
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Video Calls for Regulatory Updates to Allow Increase in Access to Technologies

A new, animated video from the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance (PTOTA) showcases plastics-to-fuel technologies as a viable end-of-life solution for non-recycled plastics and a complement to recycling.

The video, “Plastics-to-Fuel: Creating Energy from Non-Recycled Plastics,” explains pyrolysis technology—commonly known as plastics-to-fuel–and its potential to divert used, non-recycled plastics from landfills.  Pyrolysis can generate a range of products, including transportation fuels, electricity, and petroleum-based feedstocks for manufacturing. The video also discusses some of the barriers to growing the use of plastics-to-fuel technologies and proposes solutions to allow for wider adoption.

“Plastics-to-fuel technologies complement recycling by converting non-recycled plastics into useful commodities,” said Craig Cookson, director of sustainability and recycling for ACC’s Plastics Division. “Plastics are a valuable resource that should be kept out of landfills, and plastics-to-fuel technologies can help us do that.”

Additionally, PTOTA has released a guide, “Regulatory Treatment of Plastics-to-Fuel Facilities,” to help regulators better classify this family of technologies. The guide includes a permitting checklist and two-page fact sheet on regulating plastics-to-fuel technologies.

“The video shows the potential of expanding the number of plastics-to-fuel facilities to create jobs and locally sourced fuels and energy,” said Michael Dungan, director of sales and marketing for RES Polyflow and chairman of ACC’s Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance. “Our facilities create products, we’re manufacturers, not waste managers.”

The Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance counts Agilyx Corporation (Beaverton, OR), Cynar Plc (London, UK), RES Polyflow (Akron, OH), Americas Styrenics (The Woodlands, TX), Sealed Air (Charlotte, NC), and Tetra Tech (Pasadena, CA) as its members.


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