Research spearheaded by a team based at Washington State University (WSU) shows that plastic water bottles can be converted into jet fuel.

By melting plastic waste at high temperature ‘with activated carbon’, WSU’s Hanwu Lei and his team produced jet fuel.

“Waste plastic is a huge problem worldwide. This is a very good, and relatively simple, way to recycle these plastics,” explained Lei, who said the process is easily scalable. “We can recover almost 100% of the energy from the plastic we tested. The fuel is very good quality, and the byproduct gasses produced are high quality and useful as well.”

The research was published in the journal, Applied Energy.