Imagine a world with ZERO waste

‘Wastebot’ recycles trash into FREE HEAT & FREE POWER  in as little as an hour

CROWDFUNDING campaign on NOW. Help us meet our STRETCH GOAL of $75,000!

$ 54,914

73% Pledged of $75,000 Stretch Goal

$20,000 Goal Fully Funded!


232 Backers

Our Mission: Clean the Planet & Fuel the Future

Calling All Engineers, Inventors, Makers, Misfits and Visionaries

The world produces 2.5 trillion kilos of trash every year. This is an extreme challenge to the environment but it’s also an incredible opportunity to power the next phase of human development using Wastebot’s waste to fuel technology.

We’ve made tremendous progress developing Wastebot, but there is still more work to be done. To help fund the next phase of research into liquid fuels and decentralized power grids, we have created this crowdfunding campaign. Help us reach our goal so we can continue this important work.

Featured Reward: Wastebot Plans – Build Your Own Wastebot

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How it Works

Wastebot is a recycling technology that rewards you for cleaning the planet. The incentive? The more waste you recycle, the more free heat, free hot water and free power you can make.

Turn a wide range of common household rubbish into clean fuel at home using carbon chemistry. The carbon found in yard waste is used as a self heating catalyst to break the molecular bonds in household wastes like: plastic, styrofoam, paper and organics; ‘reducing’ them back into their hydrogen and carbon building blocks. The same building blocks found in petroleum fuels.

Wastebot creates a clean, non-toxic, hydrogen rich fuel gas used to make heat and power.

System Configurations

Configuration 1: Waste reduction and heat

Configuration 2: Electricity & fuel oil configuration

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Configuration 3: In development, liquid fuels synthesis


What to Use & Avoid

Underneath the yuck, many types of household waste have the same simple molecular building blocks of carbon, hydrogen and sometimes oxygen. Using carbon chemistry, they can be transformed into clean fuels, without creating toxic byproducts.

6 Applications of Wastebot Technology

1) Greenhouse Heating

Harness heat to extend growing seasons, producing more local food.

2) Off Grid/ Decentralized Power

Transform waste into fuel for electrical power generation and totally decentralized grids.

3) Plastic to Oil Research: Returning Plastic to Petroleum

Revert plastic back into its petroleum components for liquid fuels and oil.

4) Putting an End to Landfills & Garbage Bills

Recycle waste onsite to reduce trucking garbage to landfills.

5) Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Aid in the clean up and continuity of service for first responders in disaster zones.

6) Next Generation Sanitation: Turning Feces into Fuel

Wastebot can transform manure and “porta potty” waste into biogas.

A Bold Prediction: Plastic Free by 2033

“Make plastic so valuable as a fuel that it pays for its own clean up.”

By transforming plastic into fuel with Wastebot, plastic becomes too valuable to throw away. This newly unlocked value will allow plastic to pay for its own clean up, especially in developing nations where people live on $1 a day and energy costs are high. This technology is the tipping point.

Remember how a decade ago waste veggie oil was trash restaurants paid to get rid of? When people began using it as fuel it quickly became valuable and now restaurants sell it for a profit. The same can be true for plastic. Most but not all common plastic is a purified crude oil. It’s stupid to throw it away and drill for more crude.

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Trash Facts

Trash, Carbon & Fossil Fuels Despite rapid advancements in technology (and partly because of them) we are swimming in consumer waste. 2.5 trillion kilos clogging our landfills and making its way into our oceans each year. Add to that, pollution from burning fossil fuels and it’s easy to see how our effect on the environment will impact future generations.

Wastebot uses carbon from the biosphere as a catalyst to destroy waste. More than 1200 gigatons of renewable carbon is available on the earth’s surface. Carbon chemistry can transform many types of trash into petroleum replacement fuels, solving both waste reduction and clean energy needs simultaneously.

About the Creator

Wastebot is the creation of renewable energy innovator and author Ben Peterson. Popular Mechanics magazine named him a “Backyard Genius’ in 2009. His work has been featured in notable publications like Mechanical Engineering magazine, Mother Earth News and on hit television shows for National Geographic. Ben was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Clean Tech Open.

Featured Reward

Wastebot Workshop $100

Reg. $200 (save 50%)

Build your own Wastebot!

Volume 1: Construction
Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of the Wastebot prototype. Recycle most plastics into oil and create your own clean fuel at home using household waste.
Heat your greenhouse, cut your garbage bill and experiment with off grid fuel.
Skill level: Intermediate
  • 40 min. construction video download (900mb)
  • PDF Workbook, 92 pages, 200+ pics
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Trees & Thank You! $10

Tree Planting & Recognition

For every $10 donation to the Wastebot project we will plant 2 trees on your behalf and share our sincere gratitude in a “Thank You” video when the campaign concludes. (Increase the cart quantity to donate more)
  • 2 trees planted on your behalf by
  • Mention in a group “thank you” video.
Delivery: April 24, 2018

Physical Product Reward

Wastebot blower $175 + s/h

Get the Blower Kit

High suction blower motor

The #1 most critical part. Wastebot builders, this is the beating heart of your system. Not your typical blower motor, its flanged design and 12 volt high suction operation make it ideal for small scale systems like Wastebot.
  • 12 volt high suction blower
  • Blower wiring pig tail
Delivery: Shipping NOW!


Special pre-order price

Wastebot Recycler $12,500 + freight charges

Metal prices have shot up 40%. Act now before we have to raise the price again.

Turn Mixed Waste into Heating Gas & Hot Water or Recycle Plastic into Oil 

Wastebot recycler

Start fast with the Wastebot recycler pre-built kit. Join the recycling revolution! Transform plastic into oil and turn waste into clean burning heating gas and hot water at home. Perfect for greenhouse heating, waste recycling and off grid fuel oil experiments. Fueling electric generators requires an additional filter (not included). $1000 refundable deposit taken today secures your place in line. 50% by July 1st, balance + shipping paid prior to delivery. Specs/FAQ Includes:

  • Wastebot 2 stage carbon core reactor
  • Hot water heat exchanger
  • Flexible radiant heat exchanger (not pictured)
  • Blower motor (not pictured)

Delivery: Ships September 15, 2018

Also by Ben Peterson

Download Reward

Solar Station Plans $25

Build Your Own DIY Solar Power Shed with Batteries!

Solar + battery or grid tie

Reg. $50 (save 50%)

Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of a Solar Station. A great way to start making solar power on your property, plus Solar Station moves with you.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • Streaming build video online
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download

Download Reward

Electronic Carburetor Workshop $75

Convert Engines to Run on Hydrogen Rich Fuel Gases

Bio-fuel engine conversion

Reg. $100 (save 25%)

Learn how to convert engines to run on Wastebot’s hydrogen rich biogas! Build an intelligent automation control system to manage an electric generator’s air-fuel ratio using an Arduino and an oxygen sensor with some off the shelf parts. For a gaseous fueled engine this “brain” is the equivalent to fuel injection.
Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • 40 minute build video download
  • Software code
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download

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