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WASTE TO WEALTH: TURNING PLASTIC INTO FUEL

Shifat Amreen
WASTE TO WEALTH: TURNING PLASTIC INTO FUEL
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In a world where plastic pollution is a constant threat to our environment, one man brings hope for a future free of plastic pollution for Bangladesh. Dr. Mohammed Mahmudur Rahman, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry Department at Jagannath University has invented a technology that converts discarded plastic bags into liquid fuel. The invented technology, first of its kind in Bangladesh, is a major breakthrough that could completely transform the plastic waste management sector.

The invented method can produce half a kilogram of sulfur-free oil from 1 kilogram of discarded plastic waste. The research was conducted through a project funded by the Ministry of Education. With this technology variations of Petrol, Kerosene, Gas, and Diesel can be produced from discarded plastics.

The prototype at this stage is able to produce 300 liters liquid fuel every month, which can be produced on an industrial scale which will bring down the cost to Tk. 30 per liter. With appropriate uses of this technology the challenge of plastic waste management will transform plastic “waste” to plastic “wealth”, resulting in much lesser environment pollution.

Dr. Mohammed believes that with appropriate funding and support, this technology can be further improved to generate sustainable resources for fuel which will lessen the constant pressure on the natural resources, and allow us to breathe in a greener world free of plastic contamination.

December 20, 2016
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