In 2020, Ashley, Indiana will be the home of a new 112,000-square-foot plant to convert plastics into fuel.
The facility is being built by Brightmark Energy out of California. The plant will convert 100,000 tons of plastics into 18 million gallons of fuel for BP.
Besides contributing to the environment, 136 full-time jobs will be created once the plant becomes operational.
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This post is based on the Inside Indiana Business article, Construction to begin on Plastics-to-Fuel Plant, by Alex Brown, May 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Plastics 101, by National Geographic, May 18, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock
1. Why is Brightmark building a facility to convert plastics to fuel? What are the environmental benefits?
Guidance: Converting plastics waste into fuel makes economic sense for Brightmark. A buyer is already secured for the fuel. A key environmental benefit is the diversion of plastic from landfills and oceans.
2. What facility location factors influenced Brightmark’s decision to build a facility in Ashley, Indiana?
Guidance: Government incentives include $1 million in tax credits and training grants. Ashley has labor availability, and proximity to a source of plastic waste.