• commenter

    This is great news! I am really amazed! I participate in recycling plastics. But I have a question about the carcinogenic components in the plastic, when plastic turns to oil, and the oil is used to fuel for example cars, it would still be harmful if the carcinogens get released out in the atmosphere right? Thanks.

    • Becky Striepe

      Yes, I think so. It’s still gasoline, so it would probably still pollute. The problem with recycling plastic is that it downcycles into lower quality plastic. You can only recycle it so many times before it heads for the landfill. If plastic could be recycled indefinitely without the loss in quality, it would be less of an issue.

  • http://buyecofriendly.blogspot.com Buyecofriendly

    This is definitely a step in the right direction – but you’re right, stopping making all the plastic bottles would be a better idea!

  • http://www.greengeek.ca Steve

    The potential to release carcinogenic materials depends on how hot the material gets.. If this is small scale thermal depolymerization (TDP), then it would not get hot enough. If this is plasma pyrolysis, then it would indeed get hot enough, but it’s difficult to tell what method it uses. Since there was no outlet for liquid slag, I’d guess it’s a form of TDP.

    Interesting machine, though this type of technology has been around for years. Still awesome though, and the more coverage the technology receives, the closer it will get to being adopted mainstream.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Thanks for the info on the process – very interesting!

      I think what makes this machine different from others like it is its portability. He’s brought it to areas where this technology wasn’t feasible before because it was too big/expensive to bring in.

  • Robert

    Plastic is made from oil in the first place… isn’t this a little counterproductive? We should re-use the plastic instead to avoid the embedded energy costs associated with making more of it later.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      In the areas that he’s introducing this machine, the plastic wasn’t being reused. It was heading to the landfill. By showing folks that they can turn the plastic into oil for cooking or fueling their vehicles, he’s giving that disposable plastic value for them, which keeps it out of landfills and waterways. Not all plastic is reusable/recyclable.

  • Brian A

    Yeah ok: What does this machine run on? Is it plugged in? Does it produce more than it consumes? What is it’s efficiency? Cost?

    Basically, is it a cute anecdotal science project or actually practical?

    • Becky Striepe

      Those are great questions! It looks like it plugs into the wall, so they’d need a power source to run it. I wonder if you could use fuel it produces to power a generator to keep it running?

    • Doug

      So Brian A. did you get a reply concerning your question about the waste products left over from this process? There must be some kind of by product left over. Does it take a special process to get rid of the by product?

  • http://www.foxdesignstudio.com Wade Fox

    This sounds great, reminds me of doc stuffing trash into the flux capacitor. Makes me dream for the day we place our garbage bags into a machine that fuels our boilers. A time when we change our vehicles power plants at a waste management station…

  • http://yahoo anthony coutsouros

    please let me know how to contact mr. okinori ito. this a fantastic idear. how can i invest in this. thank you.

    • Mr Stoney

      If You Have Any More Information On This Company And Its Name Please Post As I To Would Like Invest Also…


    Every time I see that photo, I close my eyes in disgust.

  • Scarlett

    Does this man have a Noble Prize? If not he should get it!!

  • Dave E.

    I sent an e-mail to this company about a week and half ago for more info on these machines. Still no reply. Is it a scam ? We need to go back to glass recyleable containers.

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  • Leslie Stevens

    This is Awesome! Recently I saw some pieces on shows like CNN and the journal with Joan Lunden on PBS that were talking about issues and solutions for industrial recycling. This kind of thing takes it to the next level. I hope they do well

  • HaroldMillerFor SanFranciscoMa

    it’s now 8/5/2012 and nobody  has even heard back  from this  company to buy the damn thing, so I guess it’s a scam.??????