SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Hartsville, South Carolina-based diversified packaging major Sonoco announced plans to expand recovery and recycling of scrap materials generated during paper container production at its U.S. facilities. The scrap materials from its EnviroCan paper container production will be used by three of the company’s uncoated recycled paperboard mills as raw material in production of new paperboard.
The company press release stated that it expects to process nearly 3,300 tons of scrap materials per year, equivalent to approximately 165 truckloads, from its paper container operations in West Chicago, Ill., Greenville, Wisc., Jackson, Tenn., and Norwalk, Calif. The materials will be sent to Menasha, Wisc., Newport, Tenn., and City of Industry, Calif., where it will be used as raw material to produce 100% recycled paperboard.
Elizabeth Rhue, Sonoco’s staff vice president of Sustainability, Sonoco noted that the new initiative demonstrates its ability to recycle paper containers not only through the steel stream, but also through the paper stream. It looks forward to boost recycling of its paper cans through post-consumer recycling streams. This is one of the several steps taken by the company to enhance its commitment to responsible material sourcing at its manufacturing operations, Rhue added.