Can petrol be made out of plastic?

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Can petrol be made out of plastic?
« on: 17/09/2011 12:01:02 »
Luke Simpson  asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hi Chris,
Not sure if you've ever answered this one or not. But I was wondering whether or not it is possible to make petrol/fuel out of plastic, since petrol can be made out of corn, coal and everything else it seems.

Thanks,
Luke
What do you think?
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Can petrol be made out of plastic?
« Reply #1 on: 18/09/2011 10:00:07 »
Probably, but there's other more useful things you can do with the plastic- like recycle it.
It would also depend on the plastic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_depolymerization
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