Study: Non-recycled plastics could serve as a valuable energy source


The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and University of Texas at Austin have released a new study highlighting how non-recycled plastics can serve as a clean, abundant, affordable source of domestic energy.

The study, completed by Michael Webber and his team of university researchers, demonstrated that fuel engineered from non-recycled plastics and other materials could successfully power a cement kiln located in Texas.

"We think of this study as a turning point in helping us think differently about waste material that was previously buried, which is now being efficiently used as fuel," Steve Russell, VP of the ACC's plastics department, told PlasticsToday. "That is a tremendous amount of energy that we should be utilizing."

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