DiscoverupsideUP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling
UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling

UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling

Update: 2020-01-22
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Interview begins: 7:00
Debrief begins: 47:40

Priyanka Bakaya is the founder and CEO of Renewlogy. Founded in 2011, Renewlogy has the technology to break down plastics into its basic molecular form, where it can then be reused for other products or as fuel. In the last year, Priyanka has used the Renewlogy technology to begin Renew Oceans, a non-profit currently working in India to capture and recycle ocean plastics.

Priyanka has been well recognized and awarded for her efforts in plastics recycling. Still, plenty of hurdles exist in Renewology's, and she discusses the challenges caused by poor recycling and waste infrastructure and strict regulations.

We discuss:

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  • Early entrepreneurial experiences (7:09, 14:03)

  • Australian and Indian culture (10:56)

  • Renewology's focus (17:05)

  • Recycling and contamination in the US (18:04)

  • Why are plastics hard to recycle? (25:06)

  • Chemical process of breaking down plastics (30:14, 35:53)

  • Challenges in scaling (32:27)

  • Business model (37:27)

  • Reusing Renewlogy technology for Renew Oceans (40:26)

  • Big picture potential of renewable plastics (43:55)

Learn more about Renewlogy: http://renewlogy.com/
Learn more about Renew Oceans: https://www.renewoceans.org/
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UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling

UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling

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