Two Jordanian entrepreneurs seek to use pyrolysis, a technique that converts plastic into fuel, to depollute agricultural land and revitalize local enterprises in rural Jordan.

Akram Madanat emanates warmth and vitality. At almost 70, this Jordanian entrepreneur is on a quest to clean up the environment and generate jobs in his home governorate of Karak, which has a high unemployment rate.

“A lot of people tell me, when you are this age it’s better to go around the world and see the world, rather than starting a business,” Madanat told The New Arab, laughing heartily. “Maybe they are right, maybe it’s too late.”

Madanat retired in Jordan after a lengthy career as an industrial chemist in the Gulf and created “Karak Star,” one of the kingdom’s few plastic recycling ventures.

“Jordanians are not immune to the plastic frenzy that has swept across the globe over the last decades. The kingdom has been engulfed by a sweeping tide of single-use plastic – flimsy shisha tubes, discardable tablecloths, individual portions of water sold in sealed plastic cups”

Madanat created two clinics in central Jordan with his business partner, pharmacist Bassel Burgan. The first has five employees and recycles paper waste into egg trays. The second, which is still in the works, will use “pyrolysis,” a heat-based process, to manufacture inexpensive gasoline from plastic trash.

Source: The New Arab

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