Gallery: ECO2 Plastics Environmental System

Cheaper recycling, no water wasted

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Recycling plants use up to 100,000 gallons of water a day, mostly to wash crusty food and chemicals off containers before they can be ground up. ECO2 created the first waterless recycling process, employing a corn-based, biodegradable liquid solvent that dissolves buildup and is then distilled so it can be reused.

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With ECO2's system, recycling plants can slash expenses by a third by essentially eliminating their water bill.

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The first plant started using the money-saving process in October 2008.

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Since the method cleans any plastic, the company is now working to wash previously unrecyclable auto parts.