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.

If we can’t recycle it, why not turn our waste plastic into fuel?

Produced by Des Lawrence

Flickr image: Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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