Scientists have created a 'world first' method which can turn unrecyclable plastic into fuel which could be used to power cars and homes.
Experts at the University of Chester focused on materials which cannot be recycled, such as food packaging or plastic recovered from beaches.
They hoped to turn it into environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel and electricity while leaving no plastic remaining.
Developers claim this is the first time experts have worked out a method which uses all types of dirty plastic and leaves no residue behind.
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A working demonstrator in Thornton Science Park in Cheshire (pictured) has proved a 'world first' method can turn unrecyclable plastic waste into electricity and hydrogen fuel
The process involves taking the unsorted, unwashed plastic and cutting it into two-inch (5cm) long strips before it is melted in a 1,000°C kiln. Any plastic waste, including these ground up circuit boards, can be put into the machine and turned into electricity
The process involves taking the unsorted, unwashed plastic and cutting it into two-inch (5cm) long strips before it is melted in a 1,000°C kiln.
Gases producing in this procedure are then converted into energy.
It is hoped the patented technology will soon be able to power not just its own 54-acre plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, but 7,000 houses on the grid in a single day as well as 7,000 hydrogen-fuelled cars every two weeks in the UK.
The innovation, created in partnership with PowerHouse Energy, will then be rolled out across Asia to help eliminate plastic from oceans and beaches worldwide - with the Japanese government already interested, the firm claims.
Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester, said: 'The