Australian advanced plastics manufacturing facility 

07-03-2022

Plans to construct an advanced plastics renewal facility for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct in New South Wales (NSW), Australia will be underwritten by Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider.

 This will make Brightmark 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 construct the facility in partnership with the NSW Government, as part of its commitment to drive economic growth and prosperity in regional NSW.

According to Brightmark founder, and CEO Bob Powell, the company will expand its waste solution footprint into Australia, setting the new gold standard in advanced plastic recycling. “Collaborating with the NSW Government in their Parkes precinct is ideal due to the sustainably-minded business environment and community; and its location as a transportation and logistics hub,” he said.

“We will be building what will be the largest facility of its type outside of America. Processing up to 200,000 tons of waste plastics back into the circularity market, creating import replacement products and assisting Australia to lower its carbon footprint,” Brightmark senior vice president, global plastics development and origination, Shakil Rahman added.

Repurposing all plastics

The facility will re-purpose all types of plastics (1-7) to be ultra-low sulfur diesel, wax, and naphtha to produce fully circular plastics. The construction of the facility will also bring economic opportunity to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct, as it is supported by a $260 million investment and will lead to the creation of 100 new jobs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole said that “This is a huge opportunity for Parkes and regional NSW to get a slice of the $66 billion AUD global plastics recycling industry which will bring strong economic growth and jobs to the region. Brightmark’s $260 million investment in Parkes sends a clear message to other global companies; Parkes is the perfect place to invest, now and into the future.”

The plant is expected to be in operation by 2025, with construction planned to start in mid-2023. It will be capable of processing 200,000 tons of waste plastics back into the circularity market, creating import replacement products and assisting Australia to lower its carbon footprint. Special Activation Precincts are delivered by the NSW Government and funded from the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

Brightmark has also acknowledged the skill and significant support of the Australian Government’s Global Business and Talent Attraction Task Force led by Peter Verwer AO, the New South Wales Department of Regional NSW led by Gary Barnes, and their supporting agencies in bringing this investment to fruition.

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