Ridding the Oceans of Plastics by Turning the Waste into Valuable Fuel

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world’s oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the technology could someday be implemented globally on land and possibly placed on boats to convert ocean waste plastic into fuel to power the vessels.

Watch as Swaminathan Ramesh of EcoFuel Technologies and James Holm of Clean Oceans International discuss their research at the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition:

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