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Plastics manufactured globally every year ~ 350 million tons

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Plastics landfilled or littered every year ~ 160 million tons

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Mechanical recycling of waste plastics is limited to non-commingled, single resin streams (e.g. HDPE alone). However, most real world waste plastic streams are contaminated, dirty and contain a commingled mix of different resins and cannot be recycled using traditional means

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Ventana’s technology converts non-recyclable waste plastics to petroleum fuels offering thereby the twin advantage of landfill diversion and creation of high economic value fuels which have a host of applications.

The Problem of Waste Plastics

Currently, the dominant mechanism for recycling of waste plastics involves thermally extruding them to granules for subsequent use. This method is however limited to clean and single-resin (e.g. HDPE alone) plastic waste streams. However, most real world waste plastic streams are contaminated, dirty and contain a commingled mix of different polymer resins. Consequently they pose a challenge for recycling using conventional means and it is estimated that over 300 billion pounds of waste plastics are dumped in landfills or oceans every year.


According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the recycling rate for plastics in US is only 8.8%. In 2009, an estimated 25.5 million tons of post-consumer waste plastic containing 807 trillion BTU of energy were disposed to landfills in US.


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Further, since plastics don't biodegrade, they persist in our environment for tens of thousands of years. The world's largest landfill - the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - happens to be a 700,000 square km patch of ‘oceanic plastic soup’ north of Hawaii where plastic exceeds plankton by 6:1. The degraded plastic is ingested by sea turtles, jellyfish and even albatrosses that fly over these stretches, killing hundreds of thousands of them every year.


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The Solution : a paradigm shift.

Ventana’s technology converts end-of-life non-recyclable plastics into high economic value fuels, offering thereby the advantages of:

  • Landfill diversion and saving on disposal costs.
  • Generation of positive cash flows from landfill bound waste.
  • Recovery of calorific energy contained in plastics as high economic value commodity fuel.
  • Diminishing the pace of exhaustion of fossil fuels by offering a supplementary route for petroleum production.
  • Avoidance of GHG emissions associated with conventional drilling, piping and refining of crude oil.
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Delivering
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