Georgia, We’re Coming Home.

by Brightmark June 30th, 2021

Have you heard our big news? Brightmark is headed to the Peach State.

We recently announced that our next plastics renewal plant will be located in Macon, Georgia – and I couldn’t be more pleased or proud. This announcement has been a long time in the making. It’s especially meaningful to me because I’m a Georgia native. Growing up in Atlanta, then later attending the Georgia Institute of Technology, I dreamed of paying back everything that Georgia had given me. Now, Brightmark is in the position to do so, and the state, Macon-Bibb County, and the local business community have been gracious and enthusiastic partners in our project.

Brightmark’s Macon-Bibb Plastics Renewal Facility will be a 5.3 million square-foot, state-of-the-art advanced plastic recycling plant – by far the largest plant of its kind in the world. It will recycle all types of plastic waste (1-7) that has reached the end of its first useful life, including things like plastic film, flexible packing, styrofoam, plastic beverage cups, car seats, and children’s toys. The total investment in the plant is anticipated to be more than $680 million, with more than 100 good-paying jobs added to the local economy. We’re really excited to be able to make such a significant economic impact in Macon-Bibb County.

Once complete, our plant will divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste each year from landfills and incinerators and convert it into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, and 20 million gallons of wax. Our recent life cycle analysis[1] showed that Brightmark’s plastics renewal process produces 39% less greenhouse gases than traditional fuel production methods.

And that’s just the beginning: our focus for this plant is on achieving full circularity in our process for this site, as well as all our future sites. We are refining our plastics renewal technology to create the building blocks for new plastics, enabling a circular economy for the plastics industry. The potential impact of this work on our economy and the planet is staggering. It makes me excited to get out of bed and come to work in the morning. Between our continued progress on circular plastics and our plans in Georgia, I’m feeling deeply grateful these days.

Thank you for everything, Georgia. We’ll see you soon.

P.S. Brightmark plans to hire more than 100 engineering, maintenance, and operations professionals for our Georgia project. Interested? Reach out to us today!

[1] Independent LCA by Brightmark