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Facing a shortage of fuel to run generators and machinery due to the siege, former construction worker Abu Kassem set up a makeshift refinery to extract fuel from plastic waste through a process of burning them and condensing the released gas.The liquid is refined into gasoline, diesel and benzene fuels, and the gases obtained are sold for domestic and commercial use in place of natural gas.A day's work will see 800-1,000 kilograms of plastic used in the workshop, where 100 kilograms of plastic makes approximately 85 liters of fuel. A liter of benzene fuel sells for 2,200 Syrian pounds ($4.70), and a liter of diesel for 2,000 Syrian pounds.
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