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Turning Plastic Back to Oil

Updated on May 7, 2011
1 trillion bags produced annually
1 trillion bags produced annually
100,000 deaths annually
100,000 deaths annually

Plastic Hazard

It is estimated that almost 1 trillion plastic bags are produced each year. There are upwards of 38 million bottles made annually just for water alone.

If this plastic is burned it will release harmful gases into the atmosphere. If it is buried in landfills it will take nearly 1000 years to biodegrade. Dumping it in the sea is not an option, as plastic bags are already forming their own islands in the ocean and it is estimated that they are responsible for 100,000 deaths to marine life each year.


Last year Akinori Ito, an inventor for the Japanese company “Blest”, invented a machine that could turn plastic back to oil. It can transform 1 kilogram of plastic waste into 1 liter of oil. This oil can be used to create gasoline, diesel or kerosene. The machine can be built in different sizes, enabling it to be used either industrially or domestically.

The process does not use flames; instead it uses a temperature controlling electric heater that does not emit carbon dioxide.


This machine sounds good and could be a great help in our battle to “save the planet”. My concern is that I came across this information accidentally.

We should all have heard of this invention, politicians, scientists and environmentalists should all have been commending this in loud voices, ensuring that the population of the planet does not let an invention like this disappear into the voids of one of the big oil companies to be lost forever.


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      ldavis74 6 years ago

      This is Awesome! Recently I saw some pieces on shows like CNN and the journal with Joan Lunden on PBS that were talking about issues and solutions for industrial recycling. This kind of thing takes it to the next level. Wonder when it will start being used on a mass level.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Plastic made from corn is the newest technology