By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Only 9% of the plastic manufactured in the United States each year is recycled. The rest ends up in an incinerator, a landfill, or as litter in the natural environment, where it is doomed to sit for thousands of years. Post-use plastic is choking our waterways, littering our communities, and harming our wildlife. We need better mechanisms for managing this waste stream, limiting its impact on the planet, and turning plastic back into useful products.
That’s where advanced chemical recycling, or plastics renewal technology comes into play.
How Plastics Renewal Technology Works
Once the plastic waste is collected, it is prepped for conversion by shredding, removing metals, drying, and pelletizing.
The pelletized plastic material is then heated and vaporized in an oxygen starved environment.
The vapor is captured, cooled into a hydrocarbon liquid and processed into commercial grade ultra-low sulfur diesel, naphtha (gasoline) and wax.
Benefits of the Plastics Renewal Process
Unlike similar technologies, our proprietary process accepts co-mingled, single-stream plastics.
No Plastic, Left Behind
We take it all, including straws, plastic wrap, food packaging, children's toys, and medical waste.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Creating fuel from plastics leads to a 14% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions vs. traditionally captured oil.
Types of Plastics We Can Recycle
Not all plastics are created equal. We have the ability to recycle all types of plastic, including the difficult to recycle plastic types 3-7.
1. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): Often used for soda bottles, water bottles and many common food packages.
2. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): Mostly used for packaging detergents, bleach, milk containers, hair care products and motor oil.
3. Polyvinylchlorid (PVC): This stuff is everywhere – pipes, toys, furniture, packaging and very hard to recycle.
4. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE): Used for many different kinds of wrapping, grocery bags and sandwich bag.
5. Poly-Propylene (PP): Clothing, bottles, tubs and ropes.
6. Polystyrene (PS): Cups, foam food trays, packing peanuts. Polystyrene (also known as styrofoam) is a real problem as it’s bulky yet very lightweight and that makes it difficult to recycle.
7. Miscellaneous Plastics (Others): Could be a mixture of any and all of the above or plastics not readily recyclable.
BME Plastics Renewal Facility in Ashley, Indiana
Our first commercial-scale advanced recycling facility is under construction in Northeast Indiana. When it comes online in late 2020, it will convert 100,000 tons of mixed plastic waste each year into useful products like transportation fuel and wax.
Contact us today if your locality is interested in partnering with us on an advanced recycling facility.