The earth has a plastic problem. According to recent estimates, rivers carry 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic in our oceans every year, which gather in large masses of floating debris in our oceans. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Great Pacific Garbage.
This patch has an area that is twice the size of Texas and continues to grow at an alarming rate. However, Honeywell International Inc. now he wants to take this plastic and turn it into oil, good enough to be fed into a refinery, according to Bloomberg.
The company, which also makes automation equipment and aircraft parts, is joining forces with Spanish infrastructure company Sacyr SA to design the first plant to use the new technology. The plant is expected to convert 30,000 metric tons of mixed, low-quality plastic waste into raw material for the refinery each year.
The complex process has been in the process of honing for decades to better filter impurities in hydrocarbons before they are transformed into fuel and plastics. There are also methods under development to help distinguish between useful plastics and what is just rubbish that needs to be disposed of.
“We are now at a time when picking technology and conversion technology can go together,” said Gavin Towler, chief technology officer in the company’s production materials and technology department. Bloomberg. “We can process mixed plastic waste. We can turn it into high quality oil. ”
Honeywell estimates that the plastic produced by the new method leads to a 57% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to the production of the same amount of pure plastic from fossil feeds.
This is an encouraging sign that more and more organizations are beginning to address the critical issue of plastic waste management.