Brightmark
Bob Powell
Founder & Head Changemaker

Our mission is more than a mantra—it's a way of life. We are a company filled with eco-conscious leaders and business professionals who put the environment first in everything we do. Join us as we Reimagine Waste.

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Chrystal Boone
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Scott Healy
SVP & Chief Financial Officer
Sujay Parikh
SVP & General Counsel
Shakil Rahman
SVP Global Plastics Development and Origination
Jay Schabel
President - Plastics Division

A career at Brightmark means that you work with passionate people who get up in the morning because they want to make the world a better place. If this sounds like you, we would love to meet you.

Creating a world without waste.

Why I work at Brightmark:
Scott Healy

“I work at Brightmark because I have a passion for changing the world in renewables. I have been in many different segments of renewable energy… and I am excited now to apply those to the plastics renewal and renewable natural gas businesses.”

Why I work at Brightmark:
Chrystal Boone

“I get excited every day coming to work at Brightmark because I believe this is a team that is truly passionate about their mission. The mission is to leave the world better than we found it. It’s the future generations that need environmental solutions, and they need them now. I truly believe that we’re going to change the world here at Brightmark.”

Why I work at Brightmark:
Sujay Parikh

“Brightmark is a special place because I have worked in energy companies my whole career, but this one is truly innovative. It’s doing something to save the world. It’s wonderful to come into the office every day and be around people who want the same thing; they want to make the Earth better.”

Why I work at Brightmark:
Bob Powell

“What really excites me about Brightmark is the fact that we’re on a mission that so many people are excited about. And what we aim to do is change the world by Reimagining Waste.”

Our journey

The journey began as a mission to create a world without waste. We’re more determined than ever.
Brightmark is founded
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Brightmark is founded and the executive team is assembled with veterans from the renewable energy industry.

First project

Brightmark’s first project goes online in Sumter, South Carolina. The project uses biogas to produce electricity.

​​Investment from Jackson Investment Group

Brightmark receives a $250M investment from Jackson Investment Group to support the development of new projects.

Acquisition of recycling technology

Brightmark acquires its plastics renewal technology from former company RES Polyflow.

Ashley Plastics Renewal Plant reaches financial close

Brightmark reaches the successful closing of a $260 million financing package for the construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale advanced plastic recycling plant.

Brightmark launches first dairy biogas project

Brightmark launches its first-ever dairy renewable natural gas project in Yakima County, Washington.

First Plastics Renewal project breaks ground

Brightmark breaks ground on the nation's first commercial-scale plastics renewal facility in Northeast Indiana.

Brightmark launches plastics renewal site search

Brightmark announces a nationwide site search for U.S. locations suitable for its next set of advanced recycling facilities.

Brightmark rebrands, announces new goals

“Brightmark Energy” is officially relaunched as simply Brightmark on Earth Day 2020, and the company announces ambitious new environmental impact goals.

Brightmark launches Chevron partnership to develop U.S. RNG projects
car silhouette filled with leaves, Brightmark + Chevron logos

Brightmark and Chevron create a joint venture to produce and market dairy biomethane throughout the United States.

Brightmark announces entry to APAC market with South Korea partnership

SK Global Chemical and Brightmark partner to locate a plastics renewal plant in South Korea.

Brightmark announces world’s largest advanced recycling facility headed to Georgia

The company announces that it will build the world’s largest advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility in Georgia.

bp and Brightmark partner for plastics renewal projects in Europe
Brightmark worker in a hard hat checking a bale of plastic

Brightmark and bp announce plans to evaluate plastics renewal development opportunities at sites in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Some of our favorite stories

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

Local dairy farm becomes more sustainable with methane digesters
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A local dairy operation is becoming more sustainable. Boadwine Dairy in Baltic is taking manure and turning it into renewable natural gas through the use of their new methane digesters.
It’s all a part of the Athena Project, a partnership with Brightmark, to bring agricultural sustainability to the next level.

Brightmark Announces First Gas at the Athena Project
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Brightmark delivers the first gas at its Athena Project in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. The project comprises three farms in Minnehaha County: Boadwine Farms, Pioneer Dairy, and Mooody Dairy.

Young Students Spend the Day Learning to Conquer Plastics in the Ocean
Changing the Tide

A group of 60 students from New River Middle School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently spent the day collecting trash on the beach that they measured, sorted, and cataloged to learn more about the devastating effect that plastics have on the ocean ecosystem.

Brightmark Celebrates Earth Day with Milestone Achievement of Four Million Pounds of Plastic Waste Recycled
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Milestone achieved at flagship Ashley, Indiana Plastics Renewal Facility. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 21, 2022 – Brightmark LLC, the global waste solutions provider, today announced it has achieved the milestone of recycling four million pounds of plastic waste. This waste, which includes all forms of plastics types 1-7, has been successfully recycled at the… Continue reading Brightmark Celebrates Earth Day with Milestone Achievement of Four Million Pounds of Plastic Waste Recycled

Brightmark Announces Advanced Plastics Renewal Facility in Australia
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With the establishment of this new facility, Brightmark will be the first new circular economy business in the Parkes Special Activation Precinct, as well as the first-of-its-kind advanced recycling, plastics renewal facility in Australia. Brightmark will be constructing the facility in partnership with the NSW Government, as part of its commitment to drive economic growth and prosperity in regional NSW.

Celebrate Black History All Year
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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m a big Olympics fan. I enjoy the spirit of competition, the athletes’ stories, and the immense physical and mental training and… Continue reading Celebrate Black History All Year

Brightmark CEO Featured in Plastics Engineering Magazine
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CEO and founder Bob Powell shares how (and why) it’s important to win support for future plastics renewal plants as Brightmark works to create a world without waste. Read more on why Bob is credited as a “Peace Maker” during a time when local opposition arises in this exclusive article authored by Geoff Giordano in… Continue reading Brightmark CEO Featured in Plastics Engineering Magazine

Collaborating for the Future of Advanced Plastic Recycling
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Whether you call it molecular, difficult-to-recycle, or advanced plastics recycling, technological peers of Brightmark’s proprietary plastics renewal process are growing in diversity and prominence as the world shifts toward a circular economy. Even when prioritizing strategies like reducing single-use plastic production, developing bioplastics, and increasing the use of refill systems, advanced recycling solutions like Brightmark’s… Continue reading Collaborating for the Future of Advanced Plastic Recycling

Brightmark, Chevron Announce Vlot Anaerobic Digestion Project
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The Vlot anaerobic digestion project is anticipated to capture, clean, and convert methane from manure that would otherwise escape to the atmosphere on the Vlot Calf Ranch and dairy farm into renewable natural gas (RNG).  When used in the transportation sector, renewable natural gas from dairy operations has a negative carbon intensity on a lifecycle basis under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Vlot Project is Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC’s first renewable natural gas project in the state of California.  

Embrace the Fear, Let it Make You Fearless
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“The impossible—we are told—cannot be achieved. To overcome the ‘impossible,’ we need to use our wits and be fearless.” – Phillippe Petit.  What comes to mind when you think of the term “fearless”? Do you think about a particular person? A comic book superhero? A role model? A historical figure? Many ideas come to mind… Continue reading Embrace the Fear, Let it Make You Fearless

5 Year Impact Report
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Welcome to our 5 Year Impact Report. Our goal to Reimagine Waste is more than a mission—it’s a way of life. As 2021 marks our fifth anniversary, we’re proud and grateful to showcase our first-ever impact report—highlighting all we’re doing at Brightmark to create a world without waste. Within this report; you’ll learn:  Our goals… Continue reading 5 Year Impact Report

We’ve Got to Decarbonize Everything
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One of the outcomes I found most encouraging from the recent COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow was the announcement of new efforts that will work to slash carbon emissions from industries that have been historically difficult to decarbonize. Such work is essential because while the world has made tremendous progress toward developing… Continue reading We’ve Got to Decarbonize Everything

Brightmark Receives ISCC PLUS Certification
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Certification ensures compliance with high ecological and social sustainability requirements, greenhouse gas emissions savings, and traceability throughout the supply chain  Ashley, IN, December 09, 2021: Brightmark, LLC the global waste solutions provider, today announced that its Ashley, Indiana Plastics Renewal Facility has been ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certified. The certification is provided by… Continue reading Brightmark Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

The Gift of Giving Back
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“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.” – Paul Stanley  I genuinely love the holiday season. Sometimes it may sound cliche, but it truly is one of the best times of the year. It’s almost as if there’s a magical power floating throughout the… Continue reading The Gift of Giving Back

Arcsine Redesigns Sustainable Office Space For Brightmark
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(OAKLAND, CA; December 1, 2021)—Tasked to redesign the office space for waste solutions organization Brightmark, Arcsine wove together eco-forward materials and elements that echo the company’s unwavering dedication to a sustainable and waste-free environment. The office, which reopened in June 2021, is located in the heart of San Francisco’s famous Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Founded in… Continue reading Arcsine Redesigns Sustainable Office Space For Brightmark

Brightmark Fast Company Next Big Things in Tech
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Brightmark Named Honorable Mention in Fast Company’s First-Ever List of the Next Big Things in Tech New Recognition Program Highlights Tech Breakthroughs That Promise to Define the Future of Their Industries    San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2021: Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, today announced that it has been recognized as an Honorable Mention… Continue reading Brightmark Fast Company Next Big Things in Tech

Brightmark Partners with Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Expands High School Marine Science Curriculum to Include Plastics in Partnership with Brightmark FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 16, 2021) – Two powerhouses have come together to provide a marine sciences curriculum for high school students focused on the impacts of post-use plastics on oceans and marine life and the greater ecosystem… Continue reading Brightmark Partners with Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

GoodMakers Podcast
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This Company Is On a Mission To Reimagine Waste with Bob Powell How do you turn animal waste and plastic into renewable energy? Bob Powell, CEO of Brightmark, explains how his company has created technology to do just that. Bob and his team are on a mission to reimagine waste. He talks about how their… Continue reading GoodMakers Podcast

Brightmark’s Plastics Renewal Technology Reduces Carbon Footprint From Fuels By 39%-139%
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Peer-reviewed life cycle analysis of the company’s proprietary advanced plastics renewal recycling technology yields significant environmental savings.     Brightmark, the global waste solutions company, today announced that a life cycle analysis of its plastics renewal technology has revealed that its proprietary, pyrolysis-based process produces 39%-139% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than equivalent products made from… Continue reading Brightmark’s Plastics Renewal Technology Reduces Carbon Footprint From Fuels By 39%-139%

Brightmark, Chevron Announce First Renewable Natural Gas at Lawnhurst Farms
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Brightmark, Chevron achieve first delivery of renewable natural gas produced at Lawnhurst Farms, part of their previously announced partnership to own project companies to produce and market RNG Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Brightmark LLC, the global waste solutions… Continue reading Brightmark, Chevron Announce First Renewable Natural Gas at Lawnhurst Farms

Teamwork Does Make the Dream Work
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“If you care about someone, and you got a little love in your heart, there ain’t nothing you can’t get through together.” – Ted Lasso Lately, I’ve been pondering about why specific individuals choose to take the road less traveled. It’s arguably a more difficult path to follow—with various unknown challenges that lay in the… Continue reading Teamwork Does Make the Dream Work

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

Local dairy farm becomes more sustainable with methane digesters
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A local dairy operation is becoming more sustainable. Boadwine Dairy in Baltic is taking manure and turning it into renewable natural gas through the use of their new methane digesters.
It’s all a part of the Athena Project, a partnership with Brightmark, to bring agricultural sustainability to the next level.

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