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 they 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 as 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 clearer grasp of how our plastics renewal process works—from Jude’s perspective.

 

 

“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
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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

ISCC PLUS certified

Our Plastics Renewal Facility has been ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certified—ensuring that biomass is not produced on land with high biodiversity and carbon stock, good agricultural practices protecting soil, water, and air are applied, human rights, labor, and land rights are respected, sustainable material is traceable throughout international supply chains, and that greenhouse gas reduction targets are met.

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Life cycle analysis certified

A peer-reviewed life cycle analysis conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology with analysis by Environmental Clarity, Inc., of our proprietary advanced plastics renewal recycling technology yields significant environmental savings.

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

At Brightmark, we recycle all plastic types 1-7, unlock their value, and create new products. We are the only company that can take all plastic types and then provide real solutions at this scale. 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

bp and Brightmark to Explore Developing Next Generation Plastics Renewal Plants in Europe
Newsroom

bp and Brightmark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate opportunities for development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The Australia Project
Plastics Projects
The Georgia Plastics Renewal Facility
Plastics Projects
The Ashley Indiana Plastics Renewal Facility
Plastics Projects
Europe Plastics Renewal Facilities
Plastics Projects
bp and Brightmark to Explore Developing Next Generation Plastics Renewal Plants in Europe
Newsroom

bp and Brightmark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate opportunities for development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The Australia Project
Plastics Projects

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.

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