Get training in plastic-to-fuel technology on the new Wastebot Desktop Diesel platform

8 week online course premiers November 1, 2019

The Wastebot Plastic Recycling Lab is a unique NEW teaching tool that gives you the scientific super power to beam waste plastic out of this world and into your fuel tank. Wastebot incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) to:

  • Dematerialize soft plastic waste at a molecular level
  • Distill diesel fuel fractions
  • Drive away plastic pollution in clean diesel vehicles

It takes less than an hour to turn your recyclables into valuable fuel. Perfect for: schools, science experiments, pilot research, industry, recycling & of course drivers.

Wastebot represents a new idea in chemistry; distributed refining. We placed a billion dollars worth of petro-tech on your desktop at the size and price of a 3D printer, so you can recycle waste plastic on site, before it's trash. Give plastic a 2nd life as fuel, not a trip to the dump.

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Plastic Pollution

#1 environmental threat or #1 new energy source

Every year, society throws away 300 million tons of plastic waste. The soft plastics alone could make 20 billion gallons of fuel, or drive 200 billion miles. Since 1950, we have produced over 9 billion tons of plastic, worth at least 1 trillion gallons of fuel. Point-of-use recycling with Wastebot technology can give plastic a 2nd life as diesel fuel, so it never reaches the landfill or ocean.

The Tipping Point: A price on plastic

Desktop refining will revalue waste plastic the way biodiesel revalued waste grease... as diesel fuel.

Course Curriculum

Learn about the $100 billion dollar distributed chemistry market and a breakthrough new technology called Wastebot, that turns waste plastic into clean fuel

  • 1

    Week 1

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Tour Ben's Lab & Talk Trash

    • Big Idea: $100 Billion Emerging Distributed Chemistry Sector

    • Technical Topic: The Science Behind Wastebot, Disassemble & Overview

    • Wastebot Demonstration: Fast Food, Single Use Plastic Test -- Timelapse

    • Temperature Chart & Design Theory: Small vs. Big, Which is Better? Why?

    • Bonus: World's Youngest Plastic-to-Fuel Researcher. Meet 9 Year Old Brayden

    • Lesson 1 Notes: Download

  • 2

    Week 2

    • Big Idea: 4 Major Industries Collide. What Do They Have in Common?

    • Bonus: Industry Perspectives - 4-Part Video Series (34 minutes)

    • Technical Topic: Plastic Types & Uses

    • Demonstration: Mixed Plastic #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, ABS, Mylar. Will This Fuel?

    • Calibration Check: Testing The New Visual Bubbler's Performance

    • Lesson 2 Notes: Download

  • 3

    Week 3

    • Big Idea: 3rd Industrial Revolution - The Role of Chemistry in Redesigning the Supply Chain. MPG 2.0

    • Technical Topic: Hydrocarbons & Catalysts

    • Demonstration: 3D Unprinting Plastic - ABS Printer Filament to Fuel

    • Article- Zeolite Catalysts Pave the Road to Decentral Chemical Processes

    • Lesson 3 Notes: Download

  • 4

    Week 4

    • Big Idea: Drive Away Pollution With Clean Diesel Technology

    • CNET- Evolution of the Diesel (3 min)

    • Technical Topic: Diesel Fuel Specs & Testing Metrics. Our Early Results

    • Demonstration: Diesel Blend - Diesel Generator Test Run

    • Lesson 4 Notes: Download

  • 5

    Week 5

  • 6

    Week 6

    • Big Idea: A Changing Marketplace - Who Wins & Who Loses to Distributed Refining?

    • Technical Topic: BTU Testing Water to Measure Heat Input & Calculate Net Reaction Efficiency

    • Demonstration: Hydrogen Generator Set-up. Introducing Pure H2 to #2 Plastic to Test Its Effects

    • Lesson 6 Notes: Download

    • Bonus- Double Distill Wax - Will This Fuel Or Stay Wax?

  • 7

    Week 7

    • Big Idea: Zero Your Plastic Impact - Voluntary Destruction Offset Credits

    • Technical Topic: How/Where to Buy Catalysts and Reaction Chamber Design

    • Demonstration: Retest #2 Polyethylene with Professional ZSM-5 Catalyst

    • #2 Plastic Retest: High Temperature, No Catalyst, Mixed Wax & Plastic

    • Creating a Project Team- The 5 People/Skills You Need to Succeed

    • Lesson 7 Notes: Download

  • 8

    Week 8

    • Still working on week 8- Quick Update

    • Big Idea: Small Farms & Zero Emissions

    • Technical Topic: Wastebot Maintenance & Troubleshooting

    • Demonstration: Breaking Down #1 PET Water Bottles

    • Paper: Chemical Recycling of PET Plastic Wastes with Different Catalysts

    • Paper: Pyrolysis of Polyethylene Terephthalate Containing Real Waste Plastics Using Ni Loaded Zeolite Catalysts

    • The Real World Challenges of Mixed Plastics Typical to Landfills & Ocean Pollution

    • Lesson 8 Notes: Download

  • 9

    Day 30 Bonus Material

    • Resource Links

    • Wastebot V1 Workshop

    • Wastebot V1 Video Build

    • Electronic Carburetor Workshop

    • Electronic Carburetor Video Build- Part 1

    • Electronic Carburetor Video Build- Part 2

  • 10

    Off Topic

    • Post interesting ideas that don't fall under individual lesson discussions.

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Award Winning Inventor & Author

Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson is an inventor, author and 0-1 entrepreneur. His latest innovation, Wastebot, will help end plastic pollution. Ben's work has been featured in Mechanical Engineering, Clean Tech Open, National Geographic & more. Popular Mechanics named him a Backyard Genius. Phone consult with Ben @

What's included:

Desktop Diesel is a unique course you won't find anywhere else. See the BIG picture. Develop trade craft. Enjoy real world experiments over Ben's shoulder. Once you are trained, be among the first to own a Wastebot.

  • 8 Weekly Course Modules. 90 day access. Learn at your own pace. Download videos & pdf files.

  • Teacher/student discussion area for each module. Ask Ben on-topic questions.

  • Demonstrations and "behind the scenes" insight with Wastebot's creator. See STEM used to solve our #1 environmental challenge- PLASTIC

  • Insider access to a new growth industry. Graduates get exclusive access to purchase Wastebots.

  • The opportunity to join our Alumni Program for share purchase, commissions and wholesale prices, when you contribute data and demonstrate plastic-to-fuel.

NOT included in the course:

  • No CAD/ No plans. Not safe for DIY. We make the Wastebots around here.

  • Please, no project consulting. This is an educational course. Consult with Ben on Before you can start a viable project, you have to make your first gallon of lab tested diesel. Plastic is a tough problem that requires skill & tradecraft. We created a Plastic Recycling Lab to help get you there.

Industry leaders spoke... we listened

“I think there's a lack of infrastructure in general to deal with the amount of waste we produce today as a society.”

Jim Fitterling- CEO, Dow Chemical

“Recycling commodity prices are at 25 year lows because of the contamination in the recycling stream.”

Jim Fish- CEO, Waste Management

“Last year, in 2018, over 65% of (refining) platforms were designed to produce petrochemicals (for plastics)”

Carrie Eppelheimer- UOP, Chief Marketing Officer.

“As much as 95% of the value of plastic packaging -- worth $80 to $120 billion annually -- is lost to the economy after the first-use cycle. It’s a massive problem.”

Rob Kaplan, CEO Circulate Capital

Radical efficiency- Rethinking MPG

How many miles does your gallon travel?

4 Industries collide with Decentralization

Creating a new distributed chemistry platform

Roadmap & Timeline

Educate | Conversion Tech | Data Trove | Peer-to-Peer Waste Exchange | Private Equity Market

Bonus material

On Day 30, a trove of goodies awaits you. See some of Ben's early works.

  • Wastebot V1 Workshop

    $250 value

    See the construction of a carbon powered plastic waste processor. Video & pdf. This was built and filmed at the ASU Innovation Lab in Chandler, Arizona in 2017. This unit turned a wider range of waste plastic into gaseous heating fuel & heat for greenhouses.

  • Electronic Carburetor Workshop

    $75 value

    Detailed documentation of the conversion of a generator to dual fuel for use with woodgas (biogas) and propane. This arduino, O2 sensor, servo loop will allow you to use the fuel produced from Wastebot V1 in electric generators. The electronics used in the book may be outdated now, but still a good source of ideas. Video and pdf.


  • How do I take the course?

    The 8 week course is under way. Price $495. Please contact Ben:

  • I want to purchase a Wastebot. How much?

    Wastebot will go on sale in early 2020. In order to purchase Wastebot, you have to pass the 8 week training course, so we know that you are safely using the machine. Wastebot will start at $3995, but if you take this course we will give you a graduation special price. Release is expected in Q1 2020.

  • I bought the book, what happened to that?

    The book evolved into this multi-media training course with teacher support. You are already signed up to this course. Check your email for log-in details. If you don't want to take the course, we can refund your book purchase. No questions asked. Thanks!