Petrol from plastic soon
Target 500 to 1000 litres of fuel per day:
The Central Environment Authority has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with an inventor to convert the world’s most daunting
environmental problem of plastic waste into petrol in a Rs 100 million
The project will be introduced under the Authority’s National Waste
Ananda Vithanage, a resident from Yatiyantota is the inventor of the
technology for converting plastic waste into fuel. He had formerly
served the Police department, Central Environment Authority (CEA)
CEA Director General Pasan Gunasena said the conversion technology
has been sanctioned by the Chemical Engineering Unit of the Moratuwa
University as correct and commercially viable.
The Authority plans to set up a mini- conversion plant at Yatiyantota
at a cost of Rs. 12 million to process polythene and plastic waste to
generate fuel under the pilot project, he said.
CEA Chairman Udaya Gammanpila said the country will be able to save a
lot of foreign exchange once the project gets underway.
He said the project is expected to produce 500 to 1000 litres of fuel