Akron spending $20 million to convert plastics for fuel

Associated Press Published:

AKRON -- A company is spending $20 million establishing a plant in northeast Ohio to convert scrap plastic into fuel.

Sixty tons of plastic a day will go into the plant in Akron to create 300 barrels of petrochemical products used to make diesel fuel and lubricants. That's three tractor-trailer truck loads that would otherwise end up buried.

Akron welcomed the plant to an east side neighborhood after residents in Cleveland objected to the project. EPA officials say the plant would be a minor pollution emitter.

Vadxx Energy founder and petroleum geologist Bill Ullom tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the project could be the start of a U.S. or even global expansion for the Akron-headquartered company.

The plant should be completed by the end of the year.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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