Old Plastics, Used Tires Recycled Into Oil?


Like it or not, our petroleum-based economy won’t just go quietly into the night. Yet so much of it just ends up in the dump, like discarded plastic bits and old tires, which is why a company is recycling this old plastic and tire refuse into a usable oil lubricant that meets current standards and can be priced competitively.

Green EnviroTech Holdings Corp. announced that the oil lubricant made from recycled plastic and tires met the Brent Crude, or sweet light crude oil spot price. Basically, it is almost a cost-effective replacement for the sweet light crude much of the world relies on, coming in at just around $18 more a barrel than current light, sweet crude. That’s a major breakthrough.

This recycled oil also reportedly within the specifications for refinery-level crude, although whether this product will become autograde lubricant is still unknown. One can certainly hope so though.

Imagine all of the plastic products and used tires not decomposing in our nation’s landfills. Not imagine turning all of that toxic trash into usable, affordable motor oil. We’d be recycling oil long ago “lost”, and it could turn landfill mining into a profitable endeavor. Oil prices fluctuate daily, and it is not hard to imagine a world where recycling oil plastic into new oil is suddenly cheaper than drilling more wells.

Green EnviroTech’s next move is to apply for permits and start building a plant capable of large-scale production within the next few years. Who knows where oil prices will be by then? Recycled plastic oil might make even more sense down the road.

Source: Hybrid Cars

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  • Mark w

    Thats awesome news! The Price is actually in line with the production costs of some of the new oil sands projects in Canada. ( 110 – 113$ a barrel) and its better crude too!

    The Canadian oil sector is betting heavily on triple digit oil prices to transformed Alberta’s Oil sands from a once marginal resource into one of the world’s largest oil reserve. Maybe they will be wrong and no one needs this high cost oil.
    But oil executives are usually right and they are not in the habit of just breaking even. This process can play a major profitable part in our oily future!

    The oil sector is nearing the era of cheap oil, its time to thinkout side of the drill baby drill box!

  • ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    Not necessarily _that_ awesome.

    For a start, the energy in the process may be derived from NG so it may depend on cheap NG.

    Secondly, according to the process web page at http://www.greenenvirotech.com/pto_process.html, they produce “sny-gas”. I don’t know what a sny is, but it doesn’t sound good.

  • This sounds similar to the claims made by Changing World Technologies several years ago, but GETH seems to be planning on doing it with discarded material, whereas CWT thought that they would be paid to dispose of chicken guts and plastics, or at the very worst, they would get the guts for free. CWT also had plans to use this high pressure, high temperature thermal depolymerization process to get oil from used tires or human waste. They opened the Carthage turkey guts plant and produced oil for a time but have since shut down once and then re-opened.
    I guess my point is that this sort of oil production can be done, but it is very hard to do it profitably unless you get the feed stock for free, or better yet, you are paid to remove it, i.e. using human waste or using the portions of a slaughtered animal not allowed to be used as feed in European slaughter houses.

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  • Anne Staley

    Reduce- Recycle- Reuse. These 3 R’s will only help us in this Green movement.. Go Green

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