Turning Plastic Into Oil

A recycling facility in Whitehorse, Yukon, converts used plastic to oil with the Blest Machine.
By Staff, Utne Reader
November/December 2013

From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the local landfill, the plastic that makes our lives so easy becomes a huge burden once we’re done using it. When hopeful news of a Japanese-designed plastic-to-oil converter surfaced in 2010, the internet rejoiced, but accounts of the Blest Machine’s actual use have been hard to find. Now, reports Julie Bélanger for Alternatives Journal (March-April 2013), at least one large recycling plant is using the machine.