There are many sources for plastic. plastic no longer usable by a company is not waste until it enters the waste management system. It can be brought directly to as a coproduct. This helps companies meet their corporate " Zero Waste " and waste reduction goals. more details about our plastic sources
70% of what goes into a recycling facility still goes to the landfill, costing the recycler $40-120/ton plus transportation. An example is sheet plastic from post commercial and post-industrial operations. The material is clean, no food or chemicals, but is very light and not desirable due to its low density. Another example is waste plastic from the paper recycling process. The plastic floats when the paper and cardboard fibers are suspended in water. The facility currently hauls 100-160 tons a day to the landfill, floating plastics are ideal for fuel production.
Plastics are sometimes glued to paper or cardboard, or have other non-plastic fillers in them, as well as some organics (wood, paper, etc..) and may be mixed in what would be processed with the plastics. We are permitted to reject some materials. Though our current fuels come from the plastics, we are exploring solid replacement fuel products using these "other materials".
The current value of the possible US Markets is over $800 Billion annually based on $60/BBL WTI pricing. The international demand for low sulfur renewable marine fuels will drive the US Gulf Coast low sulfur marine products from 6% of refinery output to 20% by 2020 according to IMO projections. This increased demand for low sulfur marine fuels drives NHE market demand
Four plastics float (Type 2 – HDPE, Type 4 – LDPE, Type 5 – PP, Type 6 – PS) all make great fuel. These four plastics are worth 3-4 times more as fuel than as scrap. The other three plastics (Type 1 -PET, Type 3 – PVC, and Type 7 – Other (ABS)) sink and are not good for fuel production due to high oxygen and chloride levels. ABS turns to glass when heated so is not suitable for fuel.
Non-recyclable plastics are not regulated other than as normal trash, but they are banned from landfills in many cases. Here is a detailed list of landfill bans by state. These bans provide feedstock to us, and keep it out of the Landfill.
Different plastics are processed in different ways depending on types, mixes, size, etc. We have developed proprietary processes to prepare it for our pyrolytic thermal decpompostion reactors.
We have a proprietary distillation process that fractures out the Hydrocarbons to the correct lengths for the fuel we are creating.
We have proprietary treatments of the liquid fuel depending on the petroleum product we are making.
Our entire system is a closed system-we want to capture all the hydrocarbons we can, not let then escape as gas. Syngas, a hydrocarbon rich gas, is produced in the process, and we recapture it and feed it back into our burners for our reactors, this reduces our need for natural gas.
Virtually none. We produce paraffin useful to chemical companies, asphalt suitable for road construction, and a very small amount of synthetic bio-char we can use for the production of solid fuels.
We hold final patents that cover our technology. We have our own fabrication group that builds our vessels, and we only issue licenses to plants where we are the operating company of record.
If you have clients that have post industrial waste plastic that cannot be recycled in a mechanical way, we can thermally decompose it turning it into a petrochemical input your client can use. Yes-we may be able to help close the loop on both ends.