We are on a mission to transform the world's waste plastic into fuel. Join us!

Make fuel from plastic

Quick, safe experiments. No toxic emissions

20 billion gallons of cheap diesel are sitting in recycling bins around the world. We are pioneering the technology to go unlock it. This is our testing platform. 

Meet Brayden, 9 year old plastic fuel researcher

Brayden is a local STEM student. He was our first Wastebot user case study.

A growing archive of plastic to fuel experiments

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  • 1

    Development & Documentation

    • Wastebot 2.1 Study Schematics + How to Upgrade to The Full CAD Set With 3D Model, Parts List & Budget

  • 2

    Introduction & Test Experiments

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Tour Ben's Lab & Talk Trash

    • Test 1- Wastebot Demonstration: Fast Food, Single Use Plastic Test -- Timelapse

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

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

    • Test 2 Follow Up & Repair: Testing The New Visual Bubbler's Performance

    • Test 3- 3D Unprinting Plastic - ABS Printer Filament to Fuel

    • Test 4- Diesel Blend - Diesel Generator Test Run

    • Test 5- Testing .999 fine Silver as a Catalyst to Dewax Milk Jugs & #2 Bags

    • Test 6- Hydrogen Generator Set-up. Introducing Pure H2 to #2 Plastic to Test Its Effects

    • Test 7- Retest #2 Polyethylene with Professional ZSM-5 Catalyst

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

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

    • Test 8- Breaking Down #1 PET Water Bottles

  • 3

    PDF Downloads

    • Lesson 1 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 2 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 3 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 4 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 5 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 6 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 7 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 8 Notes: Download

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

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

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

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

    • Paper: Pyrolysis of Plastics to Liquid Fuel Using Sulphated Zirconium Hydroxide Catalyst

  • 4

    Field Testing

    • Scottsdale Community College Demo- Medical Waste to Fuel

    • ROADTRIP! Testing Plastic Diesel on the Open Highways of Arizona and Picking Up Trash Along the Way

    • Gas Bag - Quick Flammability Test

  • 5

    Technical Topics

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

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

    • Technical Topic: Plastic Types & Uses

    • Technical Topic: Hydrocarbons & Catalysts

    • CNET- Evolution of the Diesel (3 min)

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

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

    • Technical Topic: Outlining an Encyclopedia of Desktop Chemistry

    • How/Where to Buy Catalysts and Reaction Chamber Design

    • Technical Topic: Wastebot Breakdown & Maintenance. Troubleshooting Tips

    • What Recycles? The Dangers of Mixed Plastics Found in Landfills & Oceans

  • 6

    Big Ideas

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

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

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

    • Drive Away Pollution With Clean Diesel Technology

    • The Tipping Point - Plastic Valued as Fuel, Following in the Footsteps of Waste Grease to Biodiesel

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

    • Zero Your Plastic Impact - Voluntary Destruction Offset Credits

    • Small Farms & Zero Emissions

  • 7

    Bonus Material

    • Resource Links

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

    • Fun Bonus- Solar Station Shed Plans from 2015


Great information, can’t wait to get started with WasteBot!

Jared McClain

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Ali Ozgoli

I appreciate you sharing your experiences. It was a great course and I really hope that it distribute in whole of the world to reduce wastes and produce energy. I have bought your previous book about biomass gasifier and it works now in my resea...

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I appreciate you sharing your experiences. It was a great course and I really hope that it distribute in whole of the world to reduce wastes and produce energy. I have bought your previous book about biomass gasifier and it works now in my research office. Thank you again for your efforts.

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Desktop Diesel includes:

Watch as we test our diesel fuel in cars, electric generators, tractors & more. Honest, real world results. The good, bad & ugly.

  • New content monthly. Archives. 6 month access. Learn at your own pace. Download videos & pdf files.

  • Study schematics. CAD files are an additional upgrade for $99. Purchase link inside the course.

  • Discussion areas. Chat among new friends or ask Ben on-topic questions.

  • Members get exclusive access to purchase Wastebots.

Not Included:

The course does not include the following:

  • CAD files are not included in the course, but you can purchase them in the course for an additional $99. They include 3D model, partls list, budget & more.

  • Please, no grant project consulting or biz-op seekers. There are opportunities for committed contributors. First comes knowledge, then experience.

Make your first liter of plastic diesel. Watch it happen!

Wastebot Plastic Recycling Labs are on sale to members for $3995, specs and purchasing details available inside the course.

Be at the forefront of a new distributed fuels industry

Desktop Diesel gives you access to 6 months of real world research you won't find anywhere else.


  • When do Wastebots go on sale?

    March 21st, 2020. Members only at this time. Quantities will be limited at first. Deliveries start in June

  • How much fuel can I make?

    12 pounds of plastic per gallon on avg. A typical household of 3-4 people with pets makes about 4.5 gallons per month in waste plastic.

  • Can you make me a bigger one?

    No. Our first version was bigger and it was unaffordable. This smaller one is still outside the budget of most people. If you want a larger unit, you should design it to meet the specific application you are trying to solve. What we are focused on is developing a high quality testing platform and engine grade fuel.

  • How do I contact you?


  • What are the emissions?

    Wastebot is a closed loop system. The emissions are diesel fuel fractions. Propane range gases are captured in a gas bag for re-use. Sometimes wax is made, but it can be re-input into the machine. There is light char from labels. Sometimes a small amount of heavy grease residue.

  • How long will it last? Payback time?

    The stainless steel will last generations. Seals will need to be replaced from time to time. This early research phase design isn't geared toward payback as much as it is for good data. But if used semi-regularly the payback would be about 8 years from reduced fuel and waste bills.

  • What plastic types can you recycle?

    Soft plastics: #2, #4, #5, #6, ABS make fuel oil. These are the plastics you use in your daily life most. #1 PET plastic recycles with catalyst and some char byproduct. This is the plastic used for soda and drink containers. More work needs to be done. Toxic plastics include: #3 PVC, #7 group (except ABS), Nylon & Silicone.

  • Can I clean beaches with this?

    You can research what it will take to clean beaches. Expect to process 60% of the types of plastic you find. We are working at a much smaller scale than needed to clean beaches now, but the technologies that will spring up from Wastebot will be what is used to clean beaches in the future. Wastebot DOES NOT TAKE UNMARKED PLASTIC. Only sorted and identified plastic please.

  • Can I make and sell these?

    No. We make and sell these. You are welcome to get CAD files and build a unit for personal or research use. Cleaning plastic is HARD, it takes experience. Honestly, biz-op seekers and grant chasers are the biggest hindrance to our work. We are working to solve the plastic pollution problem. You are working to solve your financial problems. These two goals are not always aligned. We do this work because it's hard, not because it's easy.

If you are going to trust your fuel in an engine

Trust the Wastebot plastic recycling lab to make it!