Although not a new concept which is already done in countries like India and Hong Kong, the idea of converting plastics into gasoline, kerosene and diesel has been done in Philippine shores and is already tested.
One such factory that does this is already operational in Rodriguez, Rizal Province, by Filipino inventor Jayme Navarro. Facilities for the process are located in the vicinity of Poly-Green Technology and Resources, a Filipino recycling company operating close to the Payatas dump site in Quezon City. It has been operating since 2007.
Plastic garbage are collected, sorted and broken down into powder form. Then they are melted in a reactor machine and converted into liquid fuels through distillation and pyrolysis.
“Actually, ito, tsamba lang ito dahil yung sa isip ko, ibalik ko yung original na plastic (form), as in virgin material. E yung lumabas, liquid, nagiging diesel. Ito ay 5 pesos cheaper than the pump price sa labas, (Actually, this is just accidental because what I had in mind is to revert it to the original plastic form, as in virgin material. But it always comes out as liquid, which becomes diesel. This is 5 pesos cheaper than pump prices outside)” Navarro explained, stating that the invention using his method is yet another serendipity.
Ana Po, President of Poly-Green Technology and Resources, hailed the invention, stating that “With this technology, we can significantly reduce the volume of discarded plastics in the landfill and turn them into valuable assets such as diesel, gasoline and gaas (kerosene).”
2 tons of plastic can produce 8 drums of 1,600 liters of diesel per day, sold at PHP 4000 per ton, or PHP 4.00 per kilo. It has been used by big factories and has been tested on vehicles.
“So far, OK. For almost 3 months, so far, no problem at all.” Po replied when asked about the performance of the diesel fuel from recycled plastic.
The Department of Science and Technology and Department of Energy have commended Navarro’s invention, which now has a patent with the Intellectual Property Office since 2008.
The invention is seen to attack multiple problems at once; fuel costs, garbage and, pollutants.