Plastic trash is eyed as renewable fuel

10/8/2009 | PBS

An energy startup based in Washington, D.C., says it can produce up to 5,000 barrels of oil annually by "reverse engineering" discarded plastics. Envion has patented a reactor that uses infrared technology to melt plastic and convert it into usable, renewable fuel for cars and airplanes. The company hopes eventually to have its technology in all 3,242 U.S. counties, helping to recycle millions of tons of plastic waste.

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