Brightmark Energy breaks ground on innovative waste-to-fuel plant

4 Jun 2019


ASHLEY — Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, broke ground Wednesday on the nation’s first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley.

A total of 136 full-time manufacturing jobs will be created when all phases of the 112,000-square-foot facility are operational. Initially the plant will start off with 70 employees when it starts operations late in 2020.

The plant will use a state-of-the-art plastics-to-fuel process that sustainably recycles waste that has reached the end of its useful life — including items that cannot readily be recycled, like plastic film, flexible packing, styrofoam and children’s toys — directly into useful products, like fuels and wax. Ultimately, the outputs of this technology could also be used to produce the feedstocks necessary for manufacturing plastic again, thus creating the world’s first truly circular economy technology for plastics.

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