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• Global Citizen reports on a new discovery for turning polypropylene, a common plastic waste, into fuel. If this enterprise becomes successful large scale it could greatly reduce our plastic pollution problem.
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A team of chemists at Purdue University found a way to convert a common type of plastic waste, polypropylene, into gasoline and diesel-like fuel, according to Motherboard.
The researchers heated water to between 716 and 932 degrees Fahrenheit, reaching a phase known as supercritical water, and added polypropylene plastic. Within a few hours, depending on the heat level, the plastic turned into oil, according to the research published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry Engineering.
Polypropylene is a highly durable, heat-resistant type of plastic that’s often used to make lids and food containers.
Read the full article on converting plastic waste into fuel by Joe McCarthy at Global Citizen