Plastics Recycling Update
Posted on Aug 5, 2020
Written by Colin Staub

A chemical recycling firm is on the hunt for a massive quantity of plastics Nos. 1-7, material the company plans to process at plastics-to-fuel facilities across the country.

San Francisco-headquartered Brightmark is looking to bring in 2.4 billion pounds per year of mixed plastics from eastern portion of the U.S. The company issued a call for material on July 30, describing it as the “largest ever solicitation for plastic waste.”

The 2.4 billion pounds is a huge quantity – for comparison, the U.S. exported 1.46 billion pounds of all scrap plastics throughout 2019. The outlet could represent a significant opportunity for MRFs and municipal programs struggling to move low-grade plastic bales.

In the announcement, Brightmark CEO Bob Powell said the company wants to bring in difficult-to-recycle plastics.

“Plastics 3-7, in particular, are not easily recycled with other technologies, and typically end up in landfills, incinerators, or sadly – in our oceans,” Powell said. “We’re proud to have a proven, breakthrough closed loop solution for transforming these raw materials back into useful products.”

Brightmark is currently running test materials at its Ashley, Ind. processing facility, which employs a pyrolysis process to convert plastics into fuels and chemical feedstocks, including diesel, naphtha and wax. This facility will serve the broader Midwest market, according to the announcement, and the company is currently selecting sites for two additional facilities. Brightmark plans to have those sites chosen by the end of the year.

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