Canadian Plastics

Plastic-to-diesel plant coming to Nova Scotia

The build is expected to be completed in December 2017 and the first fuel output delivered by early 2018.

May 9, 2017   Canadian Plastics

Renewable waste companies PK Clean Technologies Inc. and Sustane Technologies Inc. have executed an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract to install a plastic-to-synthetic diesel plant in Chester, N.S.

The build is expected to be completed in December 2017 and the first fuel output delivered by early 2018. PK Clean, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is supplying the technology to Halifax-based Sustane, which is in the process of building an advanced materials separation facility to extract the plastic required from municipal solid waste (MSW) for conversion to synthetic diesel, as well as recover biomass pellets from the organic waste. The Sustane facility will have the capacity to process 70,000 tonnes per annum of MSW which will be diverted from the Chester Municipality landfill.

The plastic to fuel plant will have a throughput capability of 3,500 tonnes of mixed end-of-life plastics per annum that will produce up to 3,150,000 litres of synthetic fuel.


“The plastics recycling landscape has gone through significant changes globally – and much of it hasn’t been positive,” said Priyanka Bakaya, founder and CEO of PK Clean. “Environmentally conscious people are separating their plastics and want to recycle as much as possible but most plastic still isn’t being recycled. We aim to offer a value-added solution for this difficult to recycle material and divert it from our landfills, waterways and our oceans.”

The PK Clean technology involves the thermal degradation of the waste plastic in the absence of oxygen. The plastic transforms into a hydrocarbon vapour that is then condensed to create a fuel with similar properties to diesel. PK Clean will complete all of the design work and manufacturing at its headquarters in Salt Lake City.

The Sustane technology separates MSW into high value recyclable materials which include metals, aggregate, clean biomass pellets and plastic for transformation into synthetic diesel.

“We look forward to the Chester site being operational next year and we are working with three new sites within North America to source an additional 300,000 tons of MSW per annum that has the potential to produce 40 million litres of synthetic fuel in addition to biomass and recyclables,” said Peter Vinall, co-founder and president of Sustane.

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