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Scientists: US Must Act Now Against 'Dangers' of Toxic Plastics

Science & Tech  (tags: Journal Nature, scientists, classification of plastics, plastics as hazardous materials, polyvinylchloride or PVC, polystyrene AKA Styrofoam, polyurethane, polycarbonate, tons of plastic litter, toxic plastics )

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Scientists are proposing to reclassify the most polluting of plastics as hazardous materials hopefully enabling governments to do something about the 140 million tons of plastic that litter our roadsides, waterways and shorelines each year.

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Sun c (95)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:19 pm
With all of our new advanced technology we really need to focus some of if on the environment versus how to be lazy and sit on our butts with remote controlled air conditioning, lights, tvs, information at the tips of our fingers and becoming dumber by depending on all the technology. The airplane and bus seats are actually getting bigger because we are so lazy. So sad. The earth and the animals suffer.

Judy C (97)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:01 am
That is so very true, Sun Ah.

Christeen A (368)
Friday February 15, 2013, 5:53 am
Please do your part in protecting the environment. Thank you.

Agnes N (703)
Friday February 15, 2013, 11:17 am
Thanks Judy

Sheryl G (363)
Friday February 15, 2013, 11:59 am
I think we need to get these machines around that this man made that converts plastic into oil. We can clean our environment as well as use the energy from it.
Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic to Oil

Roger G (154)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:37 pm
noted, thanks !

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 3:52 pm
Noted. We could start by planting hemp to replace cotton in the clothing industry; papers and packaging in the printing and fast food industries. The tea I buy for instance is organic tea but the wrapper and the box are made from recycled papers. There's all kinds of things we can do and each of us together makes a very large impact.

Valentina R (12)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:03 pm
Recycle! If some types of plastic cannot be recycled, they shouldn't be created in the first place.

Judy C (97)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:04 pm
That is a great idea, Dandelion. I did some research to see what applications may have come from the machine in your article:

A machine being tested for 2 yrs. in Canada:

Whitehorse gets machine to convert plastic into oil

From an article dated 1-23-13:

Who’s who in plastics-to-oil?

Agilyx (formerly Plas2Fuel) – Based in Beaverton, Oregon, Agilyx deploys a modular, distributed system designed to let local industries and waste generators convert plastics into fuel. It recently won the 2012 World Technology Award for the energy innovation of “the greatest likely long-term significance.”

Blest – The Japanese company Ltd. markets small-scale systems that can convert polypropylene, polyethylene and polystyrene plastics into fuel oil. It recently installed a test machine at a recycling facility in Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon territory.

Climax Global Energy – Headquartered in Fairfax, South Carolina, Climax Global Energy was expected to begin operations at a new plastics-to-oil facility in South Carolina’s Barnwell County in 2012.

Envion – The Washington, DC-based Envion markets a technology called the Envion Oil Generator. The company enjoyed a big publicity splash when it demonstrated its technology with the Montgomery (Virginia) Regional Solid Waste Authority in 2009, but it’s been fairly quiet since then.

Green EnviroTech Holdings – Based in Riverbank, California, Green EnviroTech Holdings announced an oil purchase agreement with Ebbros Energy in May 2012. The company produces oil from plastics, waste tires and automotive shredder residue.

JBI – Headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York, JBI Inc. brought its second Plastic2Oil processing facility online in February 2012, and was processing 2,000 pounds of plastic feedstock per hour. It expects a third processor to being operations in early 2013.

Klean Industries – A Canadian company based in Vancouver, Klean Industries announced in early 2013 that it would work with the Dow Chemical Company to combine their technologies and develop low-impact plastics-to-oil facilities across North America.

Recycle Energy Co. – Part of Japan’s CFP Group, Recycle Energy Co. recently demonstrated its plastics-to-oil technology in Malaysia. It uses catalytic cracking instead of high-temperature pyrolysis and says its system can use a greater variety of plastics to produce higher-quality light oils.

RES Polyflow – RES Polyflow was established in mid-2012 by the merger of the energy technology firm Polyflow and the private equity firm Ambassador Enterprises. Based in Akron, Ohio, RES Polyflow is working to commercialize its continuous-feed waste-to-energy recovery system, which can use such feedstock as plastics, tires and carpeting.

Vadxx Energy – Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Vadxx Energy uses a process called thermal depolymerization to produce fuel oil from plastic waste. Its first conversion plant, developed in partnership with Greenstar Recycling, was scheduled to begin operations in Akron, Ohio, in late 2012. It plans to launch two more facilities that can process medical waste and scrap tires in Cleveland in 2013.

Tomorrow’s fill-up could come from plastic waste

Judy C (97)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:13 pm
Thanks, Theodore. I wish we would make full use of hemp. It has incredible potential

I agree, Valentina. Some plastics should not be manufactured at all. .

Julie F (68)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:44 am

S S (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:11 pm
Thank you.

Glenville J Owen (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thank you for the story Judy. I'm in agreement with some of the comments here, industrial hemp is safe, inexpensive and has many uses which would benefit us and our planet.

Natalie V (27)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:19 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:46 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 9:01 pm
I hope the proposal is passed. It's a step in the right direction.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:41 am
The entire world needs to ditch plastic!
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