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Education Turning plastic into oil

Discussion in 'General' started by Teelzebub, 23 Aug 2010.

  1. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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  2. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    It seems to a bit too easy TBH.

    First of all, if you could just distill plastics I would believe people would have discovered that many years ago. Also, plastics contain more than just oil. It does have some additives. Where does the additives go in the process?
     
  3. profqwerty

    profqwerty New Member

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    Damn I thought about doing that while I was in the shower yesterday morning! Helps reduce the oil issue, but what about the global warming/etc?
     
  4. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    Cleaver.

    I lol'd.
     
  5. Freedom

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    My BS alarm is ringing.
     
  6. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

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    Its nothing new, there are places in China that have been cat cracking plastic to make diesel fuel for a couple of years. I can't find the source i read it but a quick google of cracking plastic turned up loads of links.

    http://www.ien.com/ienblog.aspx?id=136733
     
  7. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    :lol: Thats it I'm not throwing any more plastic away, I'll just wait for them to get in the shops.
     
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  8. genesisofthesith

    genesisofthesith complete spanner

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    Considering oil is used in the production of plastics, how is this any better than recycling the plastic?
     
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  9. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    make your own fuel????
     
  10. chimmy09

    chimmy09 New Member

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    He's a WITCH!!!!!

    also...

    "and with the children there, we collect garbage..."

    is he proposing we bring back slavery/child labor?
     
  11. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    :lol: Well its better than what the pope does to children :worried:
     
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  12. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    Oh come on, so fake.

    Even if it did work, just think of the energy you'd need for it to do so. You'd need to melt down the plastic, somehow remove the impurities, additives, general crap. Then you'd need to break down the plastic-oil into its fractions. All this done in a mini little machine that doesn't make your power bill go through the roof?

    (I may have tacked on the fraction part, is that supposed to be done elsewhere or is it done in the machine?)
     
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  13. bahgger

    bahgger New Member

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    I've done some research on this subject for my internship and my general conclusion was that although fuel can be made from thermochemical decomposition of some plastics (PP, PE, etc), the amount of energy used is more than just recycling the plastic into new plastic forms. I can see this being relevant if the revenue from fuel sales exceeds recycled plastic stock, but only if that is the key factor (which I don't think it is always).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrolysis#Plastic_waste_disposal

    Take a look here for details.
     
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