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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.

How? By converting the plastics into “valuable energy resources” through Pyrolysis. According to the author, Pat Reynolds:

And how, you ask, are these materials turned into “valuable energy sources?” By way of gasification, cement kiln facilities, or pyrolysis. I find pyrolysis the most intriguing. It’s a PTF (plastics-to-fuel) technology where plastics are converted into liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks by heating them in the absence of oxygen. It’s a relative newcomer on the recycling scene, but an Argonne National Labs analysis published April 17 gave it a thumbs up. That brought this comment from Craig Cookson, Director of Recycling and Energy Recovery for the American Chemistry Council: “Argonne’s analysis clearly determines that PTF technology is a viable and beneficial materials management option. Not only does PTF reduce waste going to landfills, but these technologies can help reduce GHG emissions while conserving both water and energy.”

Continuing reading Pat’s packaging news update for more good news and some bad (hint: McDonalds takes 1 step backward)

Source: Packaging World