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* Sri Lanka Minister launches world's first plant that generates petrol from polythene
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 09:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday (31) launched Polypto, the world's first plant in which petrol is generated from polythene and plastic waste.

The plant, Polypto Lanka, is a project initiated by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in collaboration with Ananda Withanage, the inventor of the novel concept, and several lecturers from the Chemical and Process Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa.

The plant located in Yatiyanthota is still in the secondary stage. It processes non-biodegradable matter such as mixed plastics, except for PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and directly produces three most valuable forms of crude oil - petrol, diesel and kerosene. It has the capacity to process waste plastics from a minimum of 500 kilos up to a maximum of 1000 kilos daily.

The output from the plant is estimated to range around 0.75 to 1 litre of petrol from one kilo of waste plastics. Therefore, the daily generation of Polypto petrol is expected to vary from 500 to 1000 liters.

Minister Ranawaka speaking at the occasion said the project has opened up an ideal opportunity to earn extensive profits from waste and called it a giant step in creating a greener Sri Lanka.said it was a great opportunity to earn profits from waste.

The newly produced fuel was pumped into fuel tanks of three-wheelers and motor cycles at the event.

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