BROOKS, Ore. (AP) -- A Brooks company, Agri-Plas, is turning waste plastics back into the oil the plastics were made from.
A process developed by Oregon State University graduate Kevin DeWitt burns the plastics at 1,100 degrees. The released gases are condensed to produce oil.
Agri-Plas gets plastic wastes from nearly 300 plant nurseries in Oregon and found a way to make oil after the market for recycled plastics crashed.
The owner of Agri-Plas, Allen Jongsma, told the Statesman Journal newspaper of Salem that it takes about nine pounds of plastics to get a gallon of oil. About 20,00 gallons of the oil have been sold. Jongsma hopes to produce 70 barrels a day.