The Bottom Line

Solving Our Plastics Problem, While Profiting


The Bottom Line (Air Date: January 3, 2017) – Plastic waste is a massive problem globally. It’s over-filling our landfills and littering our oceans – and it will never decompose. But because plastic comes from oil, why can’t it be returned to oil, and be profitable? This is a solution Priyanka Bakaya has devoted much of her career working to solve. Her company PK Clean open its first full-scale commercial plant to convert plastics back into oil in Salt Lake City, Utah, a few years ago in partnership with Utah’s largest recycler, Rocky Mountain Recycling. Bakaya talks about the marginal – but profitable – economics of plastics recycling, how she got into the space, and how being a “Clean Tech” entrepreneur has become her passion.


The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line was a business show that ran on KCPW from 2014 to 2017. Hosted by financial advisor Doug Wells, the show focused on the human story behind building and running a successful company in Utah, including the personal journey of founders and leaders, the hard work, the tough decisions, the temporary setbacks and
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