Transforming waste into fuel

PlastOil technology transfers plastic waste into valuable fuel. Ahead of their presentation at Department of Design, they revealed the value of their methods as an alternative waste management option and what their Dutch representatives can learn while in South Africa.

How can your waste alternatives benefit South Africa? 

PlastOil makes use-of-end of life polyolefin-based plastics as feedstock for the production of SANS-342 specification, low-sulphur diesel. In South Africa the majority of this plastic fraction is disposed of by consumers into the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream and ultimately finds its way into landfill sites.

Waste beneficiation is growing in necessity, and can be described as alternative ways to make something useful out of the various MSW waste fractions. The patented PlastOil technology enables the transformation of plastic back into a fuel (Diesel), this contributes to the country’s fuel production and somewhat reduces the country’s dependency on imported crude oil to a certain extent.

How can the Netherlands learn from Challenges that South Africa faces?

South Africa is a unique country, with unique challenges and therefore unique minds and different perspectives are required to often solve these issues.  The saying goes “een boer maak een plan,” but that should be re-written into “ een Suid Afrikaaner maak  een plan,” as South Africans are finding new ways to do things and create unique industries to survive.

The Netherlands can learn from South Africans that it isn’t always the end goal that counts, but rather what is done to achieve that end goal. South Africa as a country has become what it is today through lateral thinking and inclusion and not always colouring in between the lines. Often a less rigid approach allows for a better end result and a much prettier picture.

What do you hope to accomplish in Department of Design?

Department of Design offers an opportunity to showcase what Plastoil wishes to achieve in South Africa, the new industries they wish to assist in growing and the far reaching economic and environmental impact that PlastOil projects can and will have across South Africa.

It is an opportunity for PlastOil to engage with stakeholders from National Government, Provincial Government, Municipalities as well as industry and get their buy-in into the vision which PlastOil has for its operations in South Africa. The project has the opportunity to impact a lot of lives and contribute to social development too, which is a common South African objective. There are many shared interests and outcomes which can be achieved through this platform.

Learn more about PlastOil’s innovative approach at Department of Design on 9 July.