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PK Clean

By converting plastic waste into diesel, PK Clean mitigates two problems at once: mounting landfilled plastics, and escalating imported fuel

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2009
  • Employees 9
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Company Summary

Only 7% of plastic waste is recycled domestically, leaving 45 million tons of landfilled plastic each year. Using PK Clean’s process, this waste can be converted into >10B gallons of oil, equivalent to 25% of US Auto consumption, or $20B annually. Our initial target market is Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) who collect blue bins, including problematic non-recyclable plastic. PK Clean co-locates units at MRFs so they can instead generate fuel.


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    Priyanka Bakaya

    Bakaya is a cleantech entrepreneur with experience across three continents. Prior to PK Clean, Bakaya worked at Venture Capital firms Accel Partners and Globespan Capital, as well as DFJ-backed Attero Recycling. Bakaya has been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Lightspeed Venture Fellow and named to the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch List, and Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy. She graduated from MIT and Stanford with Honors.

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    Benjamin Ralph Coates

    Coates is PK Clean’s design guru, responsible for designing and building PK Clean’s first commercial-scale unit. Coates has over a decade of experience spanning ST Microelectronics, Amaron Energy & Combustion Resources, where he designed and built everything from microchips to pilot plants. He graduated in Electrical Eng from UC Berkeley in 1999 and is a Chemical Eng PhD candidate at UUtah focused on plastic to oil. He holds a perfect 4.0 GPA.