Jakarta – Plastic may be a major culprit in the garbage problem in some countries. However, Japan had already found a solution for reducing plastic waste. A Non-Government Organization (NGO) from Japan named Ecoparty come to Indonesia to introduce technology that can turn plastic into diesel fuel.
As many as 60% of all types of plastic can be recycled using the technology offered Ecoparty. For example, food wrappers, bottles, spoons, forks, and clothing made of plastic. Solar high quality can be produced from the recycling of plastic type polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS).
This technology is able to convert 1 kilogram (kg) of waste plastic into 1 liter (L) diesel, which could then be converted into electricity by 11.6 kWh. “With the small machine, can produce as much as 200 L of diesel per day,” said President Director Ito Akinori Blest. Meanwhile, there are at least 131,521,000 tons of plastic waste in the world that can be converted into 1,525,651,525,120 kWh of electricity.
“The research says that the rubbish that flows into the sea had reached Australia. Rubbish has been to small molecules that then eaten fish in the sea. Ends, eaten by humans. The result can change our DNA as well as bad for health, “said Masanori Uwai Ecoparty Executive Committee.
“The electricity that we use in this room comes from waste plastics,” says Akinori when interviewed on stand Ecoparty, JIEXPO, Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Friday (3/1). “Popcorn in the corner is also made with electricity from waste plastic,” added Akinori.
The key to this technology is the temperature. Heating with high temperature (around 400 degrees Celsius) can turn plastic waste into diesel fuel, destroyed. “This machine is also safe because it does not use fire, but electricity. Other than that, this is a very small machine so easily transported anywhere, “said Ito. Recycling 1 kg of plastic requires about 3.4 Watts of electricity (including the process of heating the engine) with a maximum of 1 hour. “Waste produced very little. Waste generated from the dye attached to the plastic. Generally, 100% turned into diesel fuel, “said Akinori.
Focus on Education World
Initially, Ecoparty is an environmental education program in Kindergarten Shinmatsudo, Chiba prefecture, Japan in 2003. Then, in 2006, Ecoparty develop their activity to Nepal by sending stationery to schools.
Ecoparty then the fact a lot of plastic waste in the rivers of Nepal. Waste is then drain and pollute the ocean. Inspired, Ecoparty started to develop eco-friendly technologies. “For 12 years we learn this technology. It was not until 5 years later we refine this technology, “said Akinori.
Campaign plastic waste matter was intensively carried out in 2010. By using a car caravan “Oil Field School” which contains a machine converting plastic waste into diesel, Ecoparty around visiting schools and shows how the utilization of plastic waste.
By using electricity generated from the solar, Ecoparty then make popcorn. The kids just gave plastic waste she had. In addition, children can also easily operate the machine. “Our main goal is to educate children that plastic waste can be a source of energy. That way, they will not throw litter, “said Masanori.
Pictures of whales in Ecoparty logo has meaning. History notes that, initially, came from whale oil. “The Pope just like humans, are sensitive to the environment. There is a kind of whale that likes to sing, to be able to call a friend who was at a distance of 3000 kilometers. It is their form of communication, “said Masanori.
“Humans have a major role in the pollution of the sea and has implications also for whales. So it is not wrong, if we want at Java Jazz next year there is a song for the pope, “he added. He also said that Ecoparty deliberately chose to open the show stand at Java Jazz (1-3 March 2013) because they want to engage with music.
Already in use in 28 countries
A total of 28 countries are already using the technology of Ecoparty. Among the countries: USA, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Tanzania, Iceland, Alaska, and the Philippines. “We hear of plastic waste into one of the major causes of flooding in Indonesia and the Philippines. We offer this technology to the government who really want to focus on reducing plastic waste, “said Akinori.
Akinori sure if the government also said Indonesia would support this program, the Japanese government also must be willing to help. “I hope one wants to run the program Ecoparty in Indonesia,” he added.