Brightmark

How Plastics Renewal Works

Plastic Waste
Meet Your (Re)Maker

A staggering 91% of all plastic products do not get recycled and end up incinerated in landfills or as litter in the natural environment, where it will sit for thousands of years. Post-use plastics end up choking waterways, harming vulnerable ecosystems, and often can even end up in our bodies in the form of microplastics.

 

With our first-of-its-kind plastics renewal facility in Ashley, Indiana, we’re here to change that. We’re creating circular solutions to waste, drastically reducing the negative impacts of plastic waste and production—all while working to protect the environment and the planet we all share.
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Meet Jude

We get it; plastic can be confusing. That’s why we gladly welcome Jude, a seven-year-old boy from Ashley, Indiana, wanting to see (and create) a better future. Watch our video below to get a more simple grasp on how our plastics renewal process works—all from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy.

 

 

“We are able to accept all types of plastic that are co-mingled. It might not sound like a big deal, but it’s a game-changer.”

– Rick Peterson // Chief Technology Officer

Recycling Plastic,
Helping the Environment

Our plastics renewal process produces 39%-139% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than equivalent products made from virgin materials.

The life cycle analysis revealed that plastics renewal provides

  • 82% energy use savings
  • 46% water use savings
  • 39%-139% reduction in carbon footprint
Read Our LCA

How Can You Make an Impact?

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This statistic is a wake-up call for us. It’s high time for us to change our habits and behaviors so that future generations can live in a clean, beautiful world. A world filled with wonder, excitement, and fish in the sea.

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TO DATE WE'VE RECYCLED
POUNDS OF PLASTIC WASTE

Our Plastics Facility is Sustainability Certified

Read Our Life Cycle Analysis

 

See Our ISCC PLUS

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)

Plastic pollution. Plastic solution. We're creating a circular process to plastic waste.

At Brightmark, we like to think of ourselves as "Earth's Cleanup Crew," taking the waste out of nature and turning it into something good that benefits humanity. We recycle all plastic types 1-7, unlock their value, and create new products. We are the only company on Earth that can take all plastic types 1-7 and then provide real solutions. We've built the largest advanced plastics recycling facility in Ashley, Indiana—and we're just getting started. Here's a glimpse of how our technology works:

icon of bottle going through shredder
Step 1
Post-use plastic is collected from a variety of municipal and industrial sources and shipped to our Plastics Renewal facility. Once received, the plastic is prepped for conversion by shredding, removing metals, drying, and pelletizing.

We recycle it all.

Our proprietary plastic technology is designed to take a continuous mixed stream of all types of plastic waste.

 

This is a game-changer.

Example of plastic type 1: water bottle
Example of plastic type 2: milk jug
Example of plastic type 3: packaging
Example of plastic type 4: bags
Example of plastic type 5: pill bottle
Example of plastic type 6: takeout box
Example of plastic type 7: plastic fork

Pellet Power

Who knew so much power could come diverting as much plastic as possible from landfills, incinerators, and landfills? We did. By heating our pellets in a vaporized, oxygen-starved environment we can create a greener commercial-grade ultra-low sulfur diesel to power the vehicles of today, food-grade wax, and new plastics made from the remains of the old. Real recycling. Right now.

  1. Co-Mingled Plastics

    Comprised of a rainbow of plastic types 1-7.

  2. Closing the Loop

    These pellets are a key ingredient in our formula for circularity.

  3. New Products

    Next stop: these pellets will become something shiny and new.

Our Projects

At the intersection of sustainability and state-of-the-art technology is where you can find our project sites. All facilities are built with our planet top of mind.

 

We build in the environment, not on it.

 

Every one of our future sites will be fully circular. It’s our pledge.

No Plastics Left Behind

Each Brightmark Plastic Renewal Facility processes a minimum of 100,000 tons per year of mixed waste plastic and turns it into valuable products. If you have plastic waste or would like to partner with us, please fill out this form to get started.