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Can converting plastic into oil help bring low-cost transit to Highway 16?

Whitehorse was the first city in North America to start converting plastic into oil. Some citizens in Houston, B.C. want to follow (Dave Croft/CBC).

It's the size of a pool table, and it can convert milk jugs and yogurt containers into fuel.

A machine that converts waste plastic into crude oil is operating in Whitehorse. 

Now a conservation group wants to bring the technology to Hazelton. 

Greg Horn is the coordinator of Skeena Energy Solutions, and he thinks it would be a useful addition to the community's conservation efforts- as well as help bring low-cost transit to the so-called "Highway of Tears."

"We have a rising waste problem in the north," Horn says. "The amazing thing about this machine is that it's a way that plastic can be dealt with locally."

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Horn says converting the plastic into usable fuel cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions associated with sending plastics to be recycled in the Lower Mainland and overseas.

He also believes the machine could help fund a transit system for northwestern B.C.

"There's been numerous public inquiries saying that we need a shuttle bus to address the issue of missing and murdered women on Highway 16," Horn told CBC. "We see this as a way that we could subsidize the actual fuel transport of a shuttle bus."
Skeena Energy Solutions will hold an open house with the inventor of the "plastics to oil" machine Tuesday night at 7at the Learning Shop in Hazelton.

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