FAQ

How do you get your Pastics?

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

You convert “non-recyclable plastic”. What is it, and where does it come from?

 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. 

What do you do with plastic blends and "other materials?"

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".

What is the current market for synthetic crude?

  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 

Do different plastics produce different quality final products from New Hope’s technology?

 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.

Are there current environmental restrictions on non-recyclable plastic?

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.

How do you process the plastic?

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.

What happens next?

We have a proprietary  distillation process that fractures out the Hydrocarbons to the correct  lengths for the fuel we are creating.

What do you do with the hydrocarbon fractions?

We have proprietary treatments of the liquid fuel depending on the petroleum product we are making.

What about greenhouse gas emissions?

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.

Is there any solid waste in the process?

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.

Do you hold Patents?

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.

What do you mean by Industrial Circular Economy?

  • Evaluate materials with the whole cycle in mind
  • Standardize components
  • Design products to Last
  • Design for easy end of life sorting
  • Reuse of products and materials 
  • Consider use of of by-products 
  • Pre-plan repair, reuse and recycling
  • Plan for continuous process improvement to approach zero waste

I'm a Circular Economy Consultant, why is what you do important to me?

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.