The new facility will feature an advanced plastics renewal process to recycle all plastic waste (Types 1-7)
Global waste solutions provider Brightmark is set to invest more than $680m to construct an advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, US.
Claimed to be the largest in the world, the 5.3 million ft² facility will feature an advanced plastics renewal process to recycle all plastic waste (Types 1-7).
The facility will recycle (Types 3-7) items that cannot readily be recycled. These items include plastic film, flexible packing, Styrofoam, plastic beverage cups, car seats and children’s toys.
Brightmark’s advanced closed-loop solution enables to convert the plastic waste directly into useful products like renewable fuels and wax
It will also help create building blocks for new plastics to boost a circular economy in the plastics industry.
In a statement, Georgia governor Brian Porter Kemp said: “Georgia’s pro-business environment and support for private-sector innovation continues to pave the way toward a more sustainable future, not only in Georgia but across the world.”
Upon completion, the firm’s second commercial-scale plastics renewal facility will help avoid 400,000 tonnes of plastic waste per annum entering into landfills and incinerators.
It will enable to transform plastic waste into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks and 20 million gallons of wax.
Brightmark is building its plastics renewal facility in Ashley, Indiana. Upon fully operational this year, the first-of-its-kind facility will help avoid 100,000 tonnes of plastic waste per annum entering into landfills, waterways and incinerators.
This facility will help convert plastic waste into 18 million gallons of ultra-low sulphur renewable diesel fuel, naphtha blend stocks and six million gallons of wax.
At present, the firm is coordinating with suppliers of waste plastics across the region to sign feedstock supply agreements. It is offering an open contracting window, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.
Brightmark founder and CEO Bob Powell said: “Our advanced recycling facility will be the world’s largest and will utilise our proven plastics renewal technology to advance our mission of reimagining waste, while supporting economic development in the region.”
Earlier this year, Brightmark collaborated with SK Global Chemical to build a commercial scale plastics renewal plant in South Korea.