We all generate more plastic waste than we want to admit. I’m always trying to be better. It’s not my fault that my preferred brand of nutritional yeast comes in a single-use plastic container. I’m forever watching TikTok videos on how to upcycle plastic bottles into planters for my herb garden or watching YouTube DIYers melt HDPE into marbleized blocks for future craft projects. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to turn every empty container into a googly eyed widget worthy of an Etsy page. Luckily, I may soon be able to turn my plastic waste into fuel for my car.
Italian automaker Bertone is teaming up with Select Fuel for their GB110 hypercar. The car, which marks Bertone’s 110th anniversary boasts acceleration from 0 to 300 km/h in just 14 seconds, with 1100 hp and a torque of 1100 Nm, according to the company. Using Advanced Plastics to Fuel Technology, Select Fuel is able to take plastic waste and “convert it back into its original form: a valuable petrochemical bi-product – a source of fuel for all ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) power-plants.”
In a recent quote, Jean-Franck Ricci, CEO of Bertone, said, “We believe that de-pollution will require different solutions with combinations of technologies. Plastic waste needs to be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel we take what was once waste and convert it back into its original form.”