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Prevent Persistent Plastic: Get Fired Up About Pyrolysis!

Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels via Pyrolysis

This video does a good job of explaining Pyrolysis, in this case, Thermochemical. Pyrolysis is a viable solution to preventing  persistent plastic. Instead of increasing waste in landfills or having plastic end up in our oceans, the end product is high-quality biofuel.

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Tire Pyrolysis Is Being Rolled Out In The USA

Pyrolysis of scrap tires offers an environmentally and economically feasible method for transforming waste tires into heat and electrical energy.

Let’s stop filling our landfills with old tires!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 100 million pounds of tire components discarded during the manufacturing process are dumped in landfills nationally each year because the body ply – the tire’s largest component – can’t be effectively recycled. That is, until tire pyrolysis gains more of a foothold throughout the industry.

Pyrolysis of scrap tires offers an environmentally and economically feasible method for transforming waste tires into heat and electrical energy.

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Dow $50K Grants: Convert Plastics to Valuable Energy Resources

A recent article in Packaging World, a website that talks about packaging news, trends & innovations, mentions how Dow Chemicals, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, is planning to award two $50,000 grants (open to municipalities, non-profits, materials recovery facilities, and other qualifying organizations)  to establish  Hefty® Energy Bag™ programs. The goal:  keep non-recycled sandwich and snack bags, juice pouches, and other flexible packaging from landfills.

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Talking About The Power of Poo

Used throughout history, and still used today in many parts of the world, human waste has a bad reputation as a fertilizer. Why? The chance that pathogens can be carried and inadvertently passed on through the food products grown with “night soil”.  Not to mention the unpleasant, distinctive odor that the garden/crop lands take on with this practice.

Thanks to Pyrolysis, and with the ingenuity of its Swiss developers, human saste is being collected in mobile ‘dry’ toilets, then taken and processed by pyrolysis to become terra preta, a very fertile substance for growing plants of all kinds.

Source: The Straits Times

Martin Sturzenegger, Tages-Anzeiger

SWITZERLAND • If the banana trees at Zoo Zurich are particularly lush, it is thanks to a fertiliser with an unusual ingredient: human waste. During spring last year, zoo employees cleared a bamboo grove in Zurich’s Masoala Rainforest to plant the trees.
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