Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider based in San Francisco, plans to invest $ 680 million to build the world’s largest recycling and renewal facility for advanced plastics in Georgia’s Macon-Bibb County. At the end of 2020, the company planned to open two locations in the United States in addition to its first location in Ashely, Indiana. In addition to Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas were all considered.
With these new locations, Brightmark seeks local, regional and state support for project development through incentives and improved plastic recycling programs; Access to at least 200,000 tons of mixed plastic waste annually; Access to 30 to 100 hectares of suitable land with access to railways and highways; and support to natural gas and electricity suppliers.
The 5.3 million square foot site will use the company’s proprietary plastic remediation process, a form of chemical recycling, to recycle the # 1-7 plastics that have reached the end of their useful life, including flexible packaging and plastic sheeting, expanded polystyrene , Plastic drink cups, car seats and children’s toys. Brightmark converts this material into products that include fuels and wax, as well as the building blocks for new plastics, using technology developed by RES Polyflow, formerly in Chagrin, Ohio. Brightmark acquired RES Polyflow and its mixed plastics chemical recycling technology in late 2018.
“Georgia’s business-friendly environment and support for innovation in the private sector continue to pave the way to a more sustainable future, not just in Georgia but around the world,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “It is exciting to see the potential of this project and I am grateful to Brightmark for investing in Georgia and the hardworking Georgians at Macon.”
“Recyclability is very important to our community, so we should all be proud to attract Brightmark’s second recycling facility,” said Lester Miller, Macon-Bibb County Mayor. “Brightmark will create new, technical jobs that will both benefit the people who live here and encourage more people to move to our wonderful city.”
Brightmark says its second commercial-scale plastic renewal plant, once completed, will divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste from landfills and incinerators each year, converting it into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha compound stocks and 20 million gallons of wax. Brightmark says its process is 93 percent efficient, with 93 percent of the incoming material being converted into new products.
Brightmark’s first plastic renewal facility is located in Ashley and is expected to divert 100,000 tons of plastic from landfills, waterways and incinerators annually once it is fully operational later this year and convert it into 18 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur renewable diesel fuel and Naphtha mix inventory and 6 million gallons of wax. The company invested $ 260 million in the Ashley facility.
Brightmark says it is working with post-consumer and post-industrial end-of-life plastics suppliers across the region to secure raw material supply contracts and has an open contract window that is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
Bob Powell, Founder and CEO of Brightmark, said, “Our advanced recycling facility will be the largest in the world and will leverage our proven plastic renewal technology to advance our mission of transforming waste while supporting economic development in the region. We look forward to being part of the community and establishing Central Georgia as a leader in the circular economy. “
“As the world continues to move towards sustainability in energy and plastics, we are thrilled that Brightmark has selected Georgia for a project that will change the way we manage plastic waste in the future,” said Pat Wilson. Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “I would like to thank Governor Kemp and our partners in the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Development Authority and Georgia EMC for supporting this innovative company while bringing the jobs of the future to Georgia.”
Brightmark plans to fill more than 100 engineering, maintenance and operations positions. Individuals interested in a career at Brightmark are encouraged to visit https://brightmark.com/about/careers or email [email protected] for more information.