Ocean Recovery Alliance

Dow Pilot Program Shows Plastic Waste Can Be Turned Into Fuel

By Mike Hower

- Published on April 2, 2015 by Sustainable Brands

The Dow Chemical Company recently completed a pilot program aimed at showing how certain plastics such as juice pouches, candy wrappers and plastic dinnerware — which are not easily recyclable under traditional models — can be converted into synthetic crude oil for fuel. As part of the Energy Bag Pilot Program, Dow partnered with the Flexible Packaging AssociationRepublic ServicesAgilyxReynolds Consumer Products and the city of Citrus Heights, Calif. to drive a collection pilot program meant to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and to optimize their resource efficiency across the lifecycle.

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