Turning garbage from landfills into plastic products seems to be far from reality, but an Israeli firm claims that they have done it already. They also said that they have patented a process to convert household trash into reusable plastic.After five years of development, the company is bringing its operations online, with hopes of revolutionizing waste management and being a driver to make landfills obsolete. It remains to be seen, however, if the technology really works and is commercially viable.
Chief Executive Jack Bigio revealed about their company’s process that recyclable items like glass, metals and minerals are extracted, and the remaining garbage—“banana peels, the chicken bones and the hamburger, the dirty plastics, the dirty cartons, the dirty papers”—is dried and milled into a powder. Once in powder form colored steely gray, the material is entered into a reaction chamber where it is broken down and reconstituted as a plastic-like composite material.