Converting Plastics into Oil
In the future, instead of incinerators or landfills, waste plastics may be carried to "converters" for quick, efficient, and environmentally friendly transformation to commercially usable oil, according to M. Mehdi Taghiei, senior research associate, Institute for Mining and Minerals Research, University of Kentucky. "We have successfully converted plastics of many kinds [polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, as well as actual plastic wastes from such consumer items as milk jugs and soft drink bottles] into oil. Additionally, we have been successful in coliquefying coal with waste plastics."
By turning plastics into oil, scientists hope to be able make a big dent in the …
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Publication information: Article title: Converting Plastics into Oil. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: USA TODAY. Volume: 122. Issue: 2589 Publication date: June 1994. Page number: 12. © 2009 Society for the Advancement of Education. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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