Turning plastic into fuel
Posted on: Sun 20 May 2018
Two weeks ago Australia was faced with finding a solution to the new Chinese restrictions on accepting Australian recyclables. Today we look further into Australia’s recycling crisis and consider waste management options beyond just recycling and landfilling.
Some of our waste, like paper or organic matter, can be composted. Some, like glass, metal and rigid plastics, can be recycled. But we have no immediate solution for non-recyclable plastic waste except landfill.
To examine the particular option of using this waste as a raw material for conversion to fuel, Barometer’s Des Lawrence speaks to Muxina Konarova, Advanced Queensland Research Fellow, at the University of Queensland.
Produced by Des Lawrence
Flickr image: Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory