India will soon be able to convert its plastic wastes into high-grade petrol and diesel, thanks to a breakthrough by researchers at the Dehradun-based Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP).
The IIP, a constituent lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has for the first time in the country developed a technology to convert plastic waste into petroleum products.
The green technology is so far available only in Germany, Japan and the US, while Australia and the UK are still working on it.
The technology converts plastic into gasoline, diesel or aromatics through the use of a combination of suitable catalysts.
It will also produce LPG as a common by-product.