A Sri Lankan from Yatiyanthota area, Mr. Ananda Withanage has found a way to convert polythene and plastic in to Motor vehicle fuel. In this converting process he has been able to produce two by-products, non degradable sheets and Grease. Mr. Ananda Withanage is claiming that he can sell one liter of that fuel to 25 -30 LKR. Presently he is using this fuel with his motor bike.
He is saying that he can convert 1 kg of waste polythene and plastic into 1 lit of fuel. The amount of waste polythene and plastic in Sri Lanka is 180,000 tonnes per annum. So there is huge potential on this kind of innovation.
He said Lankadeepa News paper that the consultation and assistance from Prof. Ajith de Alwis and Dr. Jagath Premachandra of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa was very great help for his innovation.