APP, Inc. has undertaken 2 exploratory research trips to Puerto Rico. After 5 years of research and conversations, we set out to see for ourselves how this would be received. Meeting with public works officials and green organizations, we toured waste facilities and investigated the plastic waste issues facing the island. APP went there with the question of whether it could be possible to use Renewlogy’s Plastic 2 Fuel (P2F) technology in Puerto Rico. We were met with enthusiasm, cooperation, open doors and genuine encouragement to go forward with APP’s goal of a P2F solution in a Caribbean island location.
We have met and presented to a Public Works Director, Recycling Heads in 2 Municipalities, a fellow non-profit, businesspersons representing Renewlogy, a campus organization, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), and even drove our rental car up 100 feet to the top of a landfill. And although we had some good insightful questions put to us, the feedback was very positive!
Our Feasibility Study is focusing on the Southwest of the island. We were able to tour several of the 16 municipalities which encompass this area. We were duly impressed by the resilience with which the island has been able to recover from the devastating hurricanes of 2017.
We are finding that there is a strong infrastructure supporting the waste stream. From the household garbage and recycling collection, through the use of the school systems as recycling drop off locations, to the sorting centers and modern MRF’s, Puerto Rico is ready to incorporate P2F to create a solution to landfill bound plastics.
Currently we are examining this waste stream to identify the amounts and types of plastics which could be used for this Plastics 2 Fuel solution. With the gracious help of WR Recycling in Cabo Rojo, we are beginning to learn some of these numbers. The P2F solution utilizes types 2, 4, 5, 6, & 7 plastics: detergent bottles, yogurt containers, plastic bags, wrappings, etc. The Feasibility Study will determine the amount of plastic we can expect weekly and drive the decision for the size of the unit to be acquired.
Secondly the Study will look at the permit and regulation requirements involved in procuring and bringing a P2F unit to the island and setting it in a location.