The Herald Republican  |  May 29, 2020
By Mike Marturello

ASHLEY — Brightmark started running its waste plastics-to-fuel conversion plant on Friday.

After weeks of testing, it was the first time the company has used the equipment on a full-scale basis to take plastic and turn it into either diesel fuel or commercial grade wax, said Bob Powell, president of Brightmark.

In a nutshell, waste plastic is turned into pellets on site. It is then fed into tanks known as pyrolysers and gets vaporized, then using a process called pyrolysis, the plastic is converted either to diesel fuel or wax.

“We’re actually ready, fingers crossed, to actually heat up the first of our vessels to turn those pelletized plastics that were diverted from landfills into gas, then we cool them and we have the useful liquids, which are the fuels and the waxes,” Powell said on Friday.

The Ashley facility is the first of its kind to take mixed-waste, single-use plastics and convert them into usable products at commercial scale. The facility will initially convert approximately 100,000 tons of plastics into more than 18 million gallons a year of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blend stocks and nearly 6 million gallons a year of commercial grade wax in a process that is expected to be 93% efficient..

BP will purchase the fuels produced by the facility and a wax customer will purchase commercial grade waxes produced in the process.

It is expected that Brightmark will be sending product to its customers by the end of the year. Officials are so confident in their process that they have already started scouting other sites in the United States for additional plants…

Read more about Brightmark’s plastics renewal plant from The Herald Republican.

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