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.