Save All Your Greasy Tinfoil From Your Grill, Because They Just Might Save a Few Landfills

Recycling just got way more interesting.

This is phenomenal given the fact that as you notice your recycling bins forbid you to use anything remotely associated with food. You can’t even recycle those damn pizza boxes, apparently. But now greasy tinfoil? We may have a solution here very soon, because a researcher just found a way to convert all that foil into a type of biofuel catalyst — tinfoil, used up for energy! Instead of garbage.

We like the sound of that.

Save All Your Greasy Tinfoil From Your Grill, Because They Just Might Save a Few Landfills
Credit: Queen’s University Belfast

In the UK alone, 20K tons of greasy tinfoil gets tossed into landfills. That’s enough garbage to go to the moon and back. Even if waste plants incinerate the stuff, you’re looking at loads of contaminants potentially damaging all sorts of recycling apparatus, and that’s not good for business.

Instead now there’s a new method under development called “crystallisation,” converting all those little aluminum salts and creating an alumina catalyst designed for energy.

Soon you might be able to power your house solely on aluminum foil. No joke.

And even better… This biofuel is a lot cheaper than the current stuff we’re using!

 

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