New plastics-to-fuel tools can help make business case for technology


The American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, DC) and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong) have introduced two new tools aimed at helping global communities evaluate their potential to adopt plastics-to-fuel technologies. A growing number of experts believe that harnessing more of our non-recycled plastics to create valuable fuels and manufacturing feedstocks could dramatically reduce ocean litter and deliver economic and environmental benefits to local communities, said a release from the ACC.

The 2015 Plastics-to-Fuel Developers Guide and Cost Estimating Tool for Prospective Project Developers were designed to help potential investors and community leaders determine whether this rapidly growing family of technologies could be a good fit for meeting local waste management needs and demand for the relevant commodities. Available at no cost, these tools provide, for the first time, an exploration of available commercial technologies, operational facilities and things to consider when developing a business plan.

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