Erase Plastic. Make Fuel. On Your Desktop

NEW BOOK teaches you how to make cheap diesel from your recycling bin

In his latest book, ‘Desktop Diesel,’ author and award-winning inventor Ben Peterson debuts a world changing innovation called “desktop refining.” Now, for the first time, you can turn your recycling bin into a source of cheap fuel.

His invention, the Wastebot Plastic Recycling Lab puts the power of a billion dollar refinery on your desktop, transforming soft plastics into clean diesel in as little as an hour… right before your eyes!

20 billion gallons of cheap fuel are stranded in recycling bins around the world. Wastebot is the first tool to unlock this vast untapped resource through point-of-use recycling.

Desktop Diesel is a user manual for the Wastebot era. It chronicles 10 experiments, testing common types of plastic you use every day. Will they fuel? Or, are they toxic goo? Find out!

Simple 4 Step Process 

Step 1

Gather #2,#4,#5,#6 plastic

Step 1: Gather plastic

Step 2

Wastebot converts to fuel

Step 2: Release fuel

Step 3

Blend in injector lubricant

Step 3: Blend

Step 4

Fill your tank

Step 4: Use your fuel

Video: Watch Wastebot in Action

At Wastebot, we don’t just erase plastic off the face of the earth; we make recycling WONDROUS!

Calling All High IQ Recyclers

If you love science, then you will marvel at ‘Desktop Diesel.’ 10 unique experiments that explore common types of plastic you use every day. Learn which plastics make fuel and which plastics make a mess!


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Pre-order Desktop Diesel, $29.95

How Wastebot V2 Works

  1. Wastebot heats plastic indirectly, transforming it from a polymerized solid into a hot oil vapor
  2. Oil vapor is sent over a hot catalyst (similar in theory to your car’s catalytic converter)
  3. Heat and catalyst depolymerize the plastic, breaking molecular bonds (it’s no longer plastic)
  4. Chemical gases are cooled and distilled into liquid fuel fractions (varies by temp/catalyst)

Specifications: Wastebot Plastic Recycling Lab

Wastebot will do a limited release in October. More details when you pre-order the book.

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Wastebot Plastic Recycling Lab is a Platform…


Share the wonder of discovery. Run quick 45 minute experiments. Transform plastic before their eyes!


Endless experiments. Behold! A new frontier. Your experiments could lead to valuable discoveries. Explore.


Generate valuable data. Get the data points and samples you need for research, reports, and modeling.

Diesel Drivers

Top off your tank! Every little bit counts. Turn your recycling bin into a source of cheap fuel. Save money.


Make Wastebot better. Add your own hardware apps to expand Wastebot’s use and functionality to eat more plastic.

Waste Industry

Analyze unmarked plastic. Protect your recycling process from poor quality feedstock. Sample and analyze on site.


Kickstart your fundraising. Calls to action are old news. Demonstrate real progress to reinvigorate your fundraising.

Early Adopters

A world without waste. Dematerialized. Point-of-use recycling will transform the supply chain. Show them.

Investors/ Stakeholders

Invest in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Enter a new $40Bn marketplace before your competitors know it exists.


  1. When does the book ship? October 22, 2019 books leave our facility.
  2. Book details: Soft cover, 150 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ print edition with color photos, testing forms, 3 lesson plans for educators, fuel blending, test data and more.
  3. Can I get a digital copy? Not at this time. My other digital books are so pirated now, it takes away any incentive. Maybe on Amazon kindle at some point.
  4. Does the book include plans? No, no plans. This is a book of experiments. It’s rich in photos and testing data.
  5. What if I have questions? We are rolling out a subscription membership lab where you can see new tests and get project specific questions answered in a weekly group Q&A. Or consult with Ben directly, fees apply.
  6. How much is the new Wastebot? Prices will be released soon. Book owners will have a chance to order first at the best possible price.
  7. How much fuel can I make? The Wastebot plastic recycling lab produces about 1 liter per 80-90 minute test (depending on heating profile) from 3lbs of condensed soft plastics. Shredded plastic – reduce volumes by half.
  8. What are the emissions from Wastebot? Heat source combustion. The Wastebot system itself is designed as a closed loop. Flare gas (varies by plastic), char residue and potentially some grease/wax are the only byproducts when using specified plastic.
  9. What happened to version 1 Wastebot? I use mine on the property here and I may do a limited release in 2020.
  10. Who is it for? The book is for everyone that loves cheap fuel and science, but hates plastic. Wastebot is a scientific grade lab for users that have a good general “hands-on” understanding of science and chemistry. Educators, experimenters, engineers, environmentalists & early adopters.
  11. Do you burn plastic? No! It’s indirectly heated. Plastic is transformed back into the petrochemicals it came from minus the polymer bonds that made it plastic.
  12. Do I have to wash plastic? Depends on if you shred it or not.

Questions about Desktop Diesel can be sent on this form.

Please hold your Wastebot questions for now. Thanks!

About the Author

Ben Peterson, Wastebot inventor

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Ben Peterson is an inventor, author and 0-1 entrepreneur. His heart beats to do new things and tackle impossible challenges. Waste plastic pollution and distributed chemistry are his current focus.

His latest innovation, Wastebot,  puts an awesome new scientific superpower in the hands of high IQ recyclers. Now, with desktop refining, it’s possible to transform waste plastic into clean diesel fuel at home or in the lab. Erase plastic before it hits the recycling bin and top off the tank at home.

300 million tons of plastic are tossed each year, Wastebot can erase the half that contains soft plastic and create 20 billion gallons of cheap diesel in the process.

In his new book Desktop Diesel, Ben shares his best (and worst) plastic-to-fuel experiments, plus he lays out a vision for a new marketplace where individuals are empowered (& rewarded) to tackle pollution.

Ben’s work has been featured in Mechanical Engineering, Mother Earth News, National Geographic & more. Popular Mechanics named him a Backyard Genius in 2009 and he was a regional award winner in the prestigious Clean Tech Open shortly after. Ben is the creator of Wastebot. His latest book is Desktop Diesel, due out October 22, 2019.

Plastic Diesel Book

Pre-order Desktop Diesel, $29.95