Chemical recycling of plastic, an infinite step away from garbage dumps

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Miami, Jul 21 (EFE News) .- Converting plastic waste into oil or wax as many times as possible is possible through a chemical process that takes only minutes, says American Jeff Gold, who has already transformed 1,400 tons of plastic into about 350,000 gallons of raw material at its plant in Atlanta (Georgia).

The businessman details that the process known as pyrolysis never ceases to amaze him. Now it seeks to scale it commercially in Atlanta and also take it to Asia and Europe with factories on these continents.

“Recycling plastic to create infinitely renewable materials is very rewarding! Sometimes I look at the oil and wax coming out of our reactors and I can’t believe that what we are doing is possible,” he says.

A recent international study by researchers from Sweden, Norway and Germany published in the journal Science warns that current global plastic emission rates may trigger “effects that we cannot reverse.”

According to Gold, once plastic enters a reactor, it only takes a few minutes for that material to break down into its molecular form “to form an amazing new product.”

“From a very young age, I had the desire to help preserve our natural world,” says Gold, who for a decade has applied his knowledge of molecular recycling at his company Nexus Fuels.

The environmentalist, who recycles 50 tons of plastic from plastic waste daily, points out that accessing these materials is a “challenge.”

“There is a huge amount of plastic in the world that can be processed, the problem is that the vast majority of plastic waste is simply not separated, nor collected in a way that makes it available to companies like ours,” he laments .

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In 2016, estimates of global plastic emissions to the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans were between 9 and 23 million metric tons per year and, if things do not change, these estimates are expected to double by 2025.

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