24 May '11, 12pm

For Dow, Burning Hard-to-Recycle Plastic Better than Landfilling

For Dow, Burning Hard-to-Recycle Plastic Better than Landfilling

MIDLAND, MI — Burning trash doesn't sound like much of an eco-friendly strategy, but Dow Chemical Company found out that when it comes to dealing with plastics that aren't easily recyclable, incineration has benefits over landfills. As part of a test project, Dow took 578 pounds of scrap plastic film from one of its laboratories and burned it in a kiln at a waste treatment plant, using the energy generated to fuel the incinerator. Dow said that 96 percent of the available energy from the plastic was recovered in the process. Dow currently sends scrap plastic from that lab to landfill. The plastic incinerated in the test was linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), a material used in plastic bags, plastic wrap and films, as well as other products like cable covers and tubes. Dow conducted the test to get a direct understanding of how well energy recovery works with the plas...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/05/24/for-dow-burning-h...

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