Researchers at the University of Kentucky and Chevron have come up with a way to make engine oil by recycling old plastic bottles.
The technology could ultimately be used to ease both the trash problem and the ever-increasing difficulties of finding fossil fuels. American roughly consume about 25 million tons of plastic a year, but only about 1 million tons get recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Most end up in landfills.
The process involves converting the plastic bottle into a wax that, with further processing, can be converted into a lubricant. Chevron developed a technique for converting plastic … Read more