Based on Georgia-Pacific´s many years of experience in paper recycling, it has developed a process called Juno Technology, which is based on taking waste from places like restaurants, airports, stadiums, schools, among others and convert it into valuable recyclables.
This technology has potential to divert up to 90 percent of the commercial waste it processes from landfills and recapture materials for beneficial reuse. It also allows the previous capture of unrecyclable commercial waste, such as cups with plastic coatings or paper-based packaging with food contamination.
The idea started with conversations with sustainability-minded companies who were searching for new solutions to reduce waste, especially non-recyclable ones.
According to the company, “the paper industry has long used recyclable paper as fiber in our process and set the standard for recovery and reuse of paper. But the simple fact is that too much is still getting thrown out and sent to landfills, and Juno technology can help change that”.
They have started the research around 10 years ago and now have patented Juno Technology with the belief that it is an economical and socially responsible solution to increase recycling and recovery across the U.S. and around the globe.
Their first commercial unit will be built at the Toledo, Oregon, containerboard mill. They are also evaluating material sources in the Pacific Northwest.
The expectation is that about 30 percent of the waste processed will be usable fiber for papermaking.
Waste that is generated at commercial sites such as quick serve restaurants, office buildings, retail outlets, airports, and stadiums are considered the ideal feedstock for Juno Technology because Juno can take non-hazardous waste currently going to landfill from these types of locations.