Polyethylene pyrolysis has become a big business. Used in making grocery bags, shampoo bottles, children’s toys, and much more, polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world, and despite its versatile material, has a very simple structure. Converting polyethylene and other plastic pyrolysis refers to converting them to other products by means of some thermal type treatment. An example of such technology would be a plastic-to-fuel (PTF) technology that would convert scrap plastic into fuels. The term “conversion technology” encompasses a broad range of technologies that are used to treat a wide variety of materials in the waste stream, including plastic. Those technologies include incineration, gasification, hydrolysis, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, and chemical feedstock recovery.
Most plastic is not biodegradable meaning that it will be here for millions of years unless acted upon. As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, and over the last five to six decades many billions of tons of plastic have been produced. As we currently only recycle or incinerated less than one-fourth of this plastic, the remaining three-fourths are staying in our environment. This is problematic in many areas, not the least of which is in our oceans where it is estimated that about 8 million tons of waste plastic go each year. The vast majority of seabirds show signs of plastics in their bodies, and within the next few decades, the weight of plastics in our oceans will be greater than the weight of all the fish.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms l have experts in plastic recycling, as well as other experts in biofuels/renewable fuels, biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, biotechnologies, and a variety of specialty services. This expertise should also encompass technologies like agitation systems, anaerobic digestion, bio-oil extraction, bioreactors, carbon capture, carbon storage, carbonization, catalysis, cellulosic ethanol, cleantech, direct combustion, enzyme technologies, fermentation, Fischer-Tropsch, gasification, genetic engineering, hydrothermal, nanotechnology, organosynthesis, power generation, renewable technology due diligence, synthetic biology, thermochemical conversion, torrefaction, water treatment, and waste management. Plastic recycling is not an option – it is a necessity, which is why Lee Enterprises Consulting maintains a strong expertise in plastics, pyrolysis, and recycling. We are the world’s premier bioeconomy consulting group, with over 150 highly qualified experts. Visit our website and see our experts and the services we provide and you will find that we have just the right expert for any clean energy project. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See also: Pyrolysis Processes, Pyrolysis Reactor Design, and Pyrolysis Technology & Tire Processing.