A Closer Look at How Humanity Deals With its Hydrocarbon Waste

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Petroleum and petroleum-based products dominate our world today. From plastics to oils to practically everything we use on a daily basis, petroleum is involved in some form or fashion in its lifecycle or manufacturing. But petroleum-based products like the ones we use on a daily basis produce a significant amount of hydrocarbon waste that has to be dealt with. 

To a significant degree, this waste is never seen by consumers, rather it is a byproduct of manufacturing techniques that then can become environmental pollutants. However, hydrocarbon waste isn’t just a manufacturing byproduct, this type of waste is all around us. So what is it?

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