Dow Chemical will run a single-day trial at its Midland, Mich., facility this month to see whether plastic wastes, mostly polyethylene and polypropylene, can fuel the site's operations more efficiently than natural gas. Dow's method will burn wastes directly as fuel to recover energy. "When we talk to our customers about energy recovery or chemical transformation, they want us to show that it works," said Jeff Wooster, who works on plastics sustainability for Dow. "This study is going to be one more step in showing that this is doable and workable."
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