Plastic to fuel project potential is exciting

Mayor Bruce Green, MKAL founder Aushim Merchant and councillor Danny Bartlett at the Resource Recovery Centre.

Mayor Bruce Green, MKAL founder Aushim Merchant and councillor Danny Bartlett at the Resource Recovery Centre.

In an Australian first, a new initiative could see plastic waste in Port Lincoln turned into fuel if a formal process is undertaken with the council and is approved.

MK Aromatics Limited’s (MKAL) environmentally friendly technology is already in operation in India and Bhutan and is turning 6000 tonnes of plastic waste into four million litres of fuel each year. 

It uses extreme heat to break down the hydro-carbon chain in the plastic to its original form, the reaction melts and vaporises the plastic, before the vapors are condensed into liquid to create oil.

Although a formal process has yet to be undertaken to propose the idea to council or the government, if it did and it were approved, it would be the first of its kind in the country.

The machine breaks break down residential and industrial waste, in a self sufficient, low emissions process with an end product of oil.

The end product can be broken down and manipulated to be made into a range of oil based products, such as car and marine fuel, depending on the desired results.

This means the plastic waste currently sitting in Port Lincoln’s Resource Recovery Centre could become an asset to the city. 

Plastic waste that normally takes hundreds of years to decompose could instead become a valuable eco-friendly asset to create oil and fuel.

This would include all the plastic marine industry waste such as fishing nets, buoys, plastic pipes and waste oil.

The waste could instead be put back into the fishing and aquatic industry as fuel, adding further attraction to the city and helping to keep our coast line clean.

All while being a sustainable option to help reduce our footprint.

Adventure Bay Charters has already said they would be willing to jump on board the idea to fuel their vessels if it were found to be cost effective and efficient.

And surely there would be others in the fishing and marine industry who would jump at the opportunity to help limit their environmental impact.

While this project is still in its infancy the potential for the project is exciting both for the city and from an environmental stand point. 

Pictured are Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green, Aushim Merchant and councillor Danny Bartlett.