BP builds a plant to try recycling plastic waste

Fuel Fix:
The British energy major BP said Thursday it will build a new pilot plant for recycling plastics at its refining complex in Illinois.

The $25 million pilot plant, which is expected to be completed next year, would test BP's new "Infinia" technology to transform currently un-recyclable plastics into new plastic feedstock.

The technology specifically would recycle polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic waste from plastic bottles, packaging and containers. BP plans to use the pilot plant to better test the technology before rolling it out commercially worldwide.
There are probably not enough plastic straws to make the project worthwhile, but bottles for water could be a likely feedstock for the process.  I have often wondered why no one uses plastic waste for fuel to created electricity. 


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