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Plastic Waste Fuels Military

Posted May 12, 2007 6:00 AM by Steve Melito

A fuel-latent plastic may turn one man's trash into treasure. Richard Gross, a professor at Polytechnic University, says that the bioplastic, made from vegetable oils and comparable to polyethylenes, can break down into biodiesel when mixed with a particular enzyme. Military units stand to benefit the most with less trash from packaging and more automotive fuel savings.

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05/13/2007 11:01 AM

Its not a good idea. I have doubts about the technology's viability as the plastics are manufactured from Vegetable oils. The acreage required to feed the fuel needs of entire nations, will take away land cultivating food. Most of the time, it has been seen that its the agriculture land that is taken to cultivate the oil seed crops and it reduces the yield of much required food. Also, converting some of the food grade material into plastics doesnt make sense either economically or socially. Its best to find ways to convert the plastics from the existing materials into fuels rather than damage the food chain.There are many people who are converting waste plastics to motor oil.

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05/13/2007 11:13 PM

One way to get around the problem would be to recycle waste cooking oil into fuel. Another way would be to use oil from edible seeds. After the oil has been pressed out, the remaining seed meal can be used as fertilizer after composting, animal feed or even low cost food for human consumption. Personally, I think the best solution would be to combine everything i.e. extract the oil, use it for cooking, recycle the waste oil, use seed meal for food, compost the solid wastes produced after food is digested. Oh yes, and that includes piping the methane gas produced by composting for fuel.

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07/11/2007 4:44 AM

From a security point of view smell in the battle field is critical the more you smell like your target the easier the kill is. How is chip fat going to help this?

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