Solid Waste & Recycling


Sonoco to expand its Charlotte recycling centre

Work is underway to transition Sonoco Recycling, Inc.'s Charlotte Recycling Centre into a full-scale materia...

Work is underway to transition Sonoco Recycling, Inc.’s Charlotte Recycling Centre into a full-scale material recovery facility (MRF) by early summer 2010.

The $2.6 million project will result in the Charlotte centre becoming the third MRF owned and operated by Sonoco in the southeast. The others are located in Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.

“We’re adding high-tech equipment that will allow us to further grow our capacity and more effectively sort residential single-stream waste. Additions will include new sorting screens, separators, high-speed conveyors, steel disks and other state-of-the-art equipment,” says Marcy Thompson, vice president and general manager of Sonoco Recycling, Inc.

In November 2009, Sonoco completed a $2 million expansion project at the Charlotte centre. The project expanded the facility’s footprint by 23,500 square feet and included the installation of new commercial sorting and baling equipment. In addition, the facility’s outside space was redesigned to improve traffic flow.

Sonoco Recycling’s Charlotte centre accepts and processes corrugated boxes and other grades of paper as well as plastic and other materials. The facility accepts curbside material delivered by the public and offers flatbed pick up of baled material and van pick up for loose, palletized or baled material.

Sonoco, which processes and uses many of these recycled materials to produce recycled paperboard at its paper mills in the southeast, then uses that paperboard to produce new consumer and industrial packaging, making it one of the few closed loop suppliers of packaging in the industry.

Sonoco Recycling is a leading recycler in North Carolina with nine locations. Annually, Sonoco collects and processes about 3 million tonnes of recyclable materials globally.

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