Recycler converts ag plastic into crude oil
Agri-Plas Inc. in Brooks, Ore., is converting unwanted agricultural plastics into crude oil and shipping it to a refinery for commercial processing. How’s that for business acumen? Growers could potentially turn their used plastic from spring into heating oil for winter.
Agri-Plas accepts many types of plastics including nursery pots and trays, ground cover, seed sacks, plastic binder twine, triple-rinsed pesticide containers and greenhouse film.
The company recently delivered its first full tanker (8,200 gallons) of oil to a refinery in Tacoma, Wash., which translates to a final delivery of 196 barrels of oil.
“The fact that Agri-Plas has been able to take plastic that would otherwise go directly into the waste stream and convert it into a commercial product that can eventually be pumped into a gas tank is truly groundbreaking,” said Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department.
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