Plastic grocery bags have long been the ire of consumers and cities. They’re often not picked up in standard curbside recycling programs. They’ve been taxed or charged, and some cities have outright banned them.
Soon all of the negativity could be turned into praise.
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A Japanese inventor has discovered a way to turn plastic bags, bottles and caps into usable crude oil that can be used for heating homes on an individual level.
The large-scale testing of this technology is currently underway in Washington, D.C. to be used on a community level, but this is the first time that the public can utilize the technology at home.
The machine uses one kWh of energy to convert two pounds of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) or polystyrene (PS) plastic into one quart of oil. The oil can then be used in a power generator or can be further refined with a second machine into gasoline.
While the $10,000 price tag might scare off most consumers, the company that is selling the device – Blest Corporation – hopes that as demand increases prices will decrease.