Besides rubber tires, discarded plastic items are one of our worst sources of pollution because, so far, they have proved impossible to recycle. We also have an oil shortage. Now a company is solving both problems at once by turning plastics back into the fossil fuels they were created from.

Global Resource Corporation has invented a machine they call the Hawk-10, which can be adjusted to produce a wide range of microwave frequencies in order to achieve this transformation. In New Scientist, Catherine Brahic quotes GRC?s Jerry Meddick as saying, “Anything that has a hydrocarbon base will be affected by our process. We release those hydrocarbon molecules from the material and it then becomes gas and oil.”

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