2 Billion Tons
The amount of waste generated annually according to the World Bank.
The diversion potential for materials that would otherwise go to landfill or incineration.
The year that the first pilot plant for Juno Technology started operations in Georgia.
Every year approximately 2 billion tons of waste – 170 million tons in the U.S. alone – ends up in landfills or incinerators. Much of this is paper and plastic that could be recycled but isn’t because it’s contaminated or difficult to separate.
A new-to-world waste
Georgia-Pacific has an exciting new solution to help address this global problem: Juno® Technology. Drawing on our many years of experience in paper recycling, we developed a process that takes waste from places like office buildings, restaurants, airports, stadiums and schools—and converts it into valuable recyclables.
What is Juno® Technology?
A safe process to convert solid waste to recyclable materials and help lower the earth’s carbon footprint.
An economical way to divert from landfill up to 90% of the commercial waste processed in Juno Technology.
A potential enabler of a circular economy.
How does it work?
Our proprietary process starts by sanitizing the waste in a specialized, heated chamber to remove contaminants
We then separate the valuable materials—mostly paper fibers, plastics and metals—which are now suitable for recycling
Lastly, we convert the organic material into biogas that can be used in a variety of applications
Why are we doing it?
We have an opportunity to reduce what we dispose and recycle at least 70% of what we are burying and burning. Juno provides communities and corporations with options to help achieve zero waste and lower their carbon footprint.
A Juno Technology pilot plant has been in operation
in Georgia since 2013 and the first commercial installation is being built at GP’s paper mill in Toledo, Oregon. We are in active discussions with potential global partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Juno® Technology?
Georgia-Pacific’s Juno® Technology is a patented recycling technology that has the potential to divert up to 90 percent of the commercial waste it processes from landfills and recapture materials for beneficial reuse.
The process takes municipal solid waste currently going to landfills from select commercial locations such as office buildings, airports, schools, fast food restaurants and malls. The material is processed and sanitized and the fiber is fed into the papermaking process with old corrugated containers (OCC) to be repurposed into products like corrugated boxes. The processed fiber meets the criteria for food contact packaging in the U.S. Other recyclable materials can be fed back into their respective markets and the food can be converted to biogas.
Juno Technology gives us the ability to capture previously unrecyclable commercial waste, such as cups with plastic coatings or paper-based packaging with food contamination. Commercial sites can send everything for processing through Juno that is not being recycled, with no additional sorting.
Why is Georgia-Pacific doing this?
In conversations with sustainability-minded companies we hear that they are searching for new solutions to reduce their waste, specifically materials that today can’t be recycled. Many municipalities are seeking waste diversion solutions in their effort to reduce materials going to landfills and pursue zero waste goals.
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.
Georgia-Pacific started researching better ways to recover more fiber about 10 years ago. We’ve now patented the technology and believe Juno Technology is an economical and socially responsible solution to increase recycling and recovery across the U.S. and around the globe.
How do you plan to launch this new technology?
Following a successful pilot of the technology in the Southeast, we are now building our first commercial processing unit in the Pacific Northwest.
Where is the waste coming from/going to?
The first commercial unit will be built at our Toledo, Oregon, containerboard mill. We are evaluating several sources of material in the Pacific Northwest, a region where communities have long embraced the importance of recycling and value efforts to divert waste from landfills. This innovation very much fits the local culture.
What percent of the waste you process do you expect to have usable fiber?
We anticipate that on average, about 30 percent of the waste processed will be usable fiber for papermaking.
What is the ideal feedstock for Juno® Technology?
Waste that is generated at commercial sites such as quick serve restaurants, office buildings, retail outlets, airports, and stadiums. Juno can take non-hazardous waste currently going to landfill from these types of locations.