BROCKVILLE — The world has finally recognized that we have a serious problem with plastic waste. Ultimately, people will find ways to reduce or even eliminate single-use plastics, but in the meantime, what can be done with the mountains and oceans of plastic debris already accumulated? A local company thinks it has the answer.
Transition Brockville has invited David Bohn, general manager of BBL Energy, in Johnstown, to explain the company’s plans to convert waste plastic and used tires into light diesel fuel, natural gas and carbon char, at its next presentation, on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library.
BBL Energy purchased the Prescott Machine and Welding property and is converting it to a plant which will take in regional plastic waste and annually turn 3,800 tonnes of plastic into energy. The plant machinery uses a pyrolysis process that heats plastic in an oxygen-free insulated retort at about 450 C, converting it to a liquid, then a gas, and then back to a liquid fuel.
No water is used in the process, and the plant will generate its own power to operate the equipment. Plant operation will be quiet. Emissions are expected to need only a vent similar to that used by modern high-efficiency (condensing flue) furnaces.
In addition to processing regional waste plastic, BBL Energy’s Johnstown plant will be a showroom for the machines the company hopes to sell to municipalities and private waste firms in North America. Many of these plants are already in operation in India and Africa.
Bohn will show a video on the process and the installation, as well as a PowerPoint presentation on their business and proposed process. He is happy to answer questions about the plant and the process.
Everyone is welcome at this free public presentation, which will start with a five-minute documentary on the origin and history of our planet-wide addiction to plastic. Refreshments are served; a free will donation is appreciated.
Transition Brockville was founded by local residents 12 years ago to provide a non-partisan forum for sharing information about how each of us, in our daily lives, can help to slow the rate of global warming, reduce our dependence on depleting fossil fuels, and adapt to the impacts of resource depletion and climate change. It focuses on educational presentations and active partnerships with community organizations that share its goal of making the community more resilient and sustainable.
Presentations are held the fourth Sunday of the month, in the program room of the library, a partner with TB in offering these presentations.
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