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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Tire Pyrolysis Is Being Rolled Out In The USA

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.

BioEnergy Waste Management’s CEO, Salmon Zafar, noted that pyrolysis is one of the most popular methods for disposal of scrap tires in many parts of the world. Tire-derived fuel (TDF) or pyrolysis oil is one of the largest applications of scrap tires in U.S., however, it is currently being challenged…due to the steep fall in oil prices in recent years.

The article goes on to explain that there is a need for more investment in this technology. Demand will grow over time as population increase cause more pressure on the oil industry.

An innovative startup company, RVS Rubber Solutions, created by two university students, has developed a new technology that extracts the rubber and steel from within the components in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. Read more about their new process and the complete article in the article by Maura Keller  published in the July issue of AmericanRecycler.com

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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Watch This Tedx Talk – Changing Plastic Into Currency

TEDx Talks  Published on Apr 4, 2017
Shaun Frankson tells listeners how to develop a 5-minute habit of making more responsible purchases to change the way corporations operate. He has motivated millions to ask corporations to use Social Plastic® to help alleviate global poverty and ocean plastic pollution.