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November 2006

Sonoco opens recycling facility

Sonoco has begun commercial operation of a fully automated materials recovery facility (MRF) that recycles curbside-collected and dual-stream residential and commercial waste materials from the Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina area.

The 45,000 square foot recycling facility, operating under Sonoco’s wholly owned subsidiary, Paper Stock Dealers, Inc., incorporates a computer-automated reclamation processing system that uses customized conveyors, an elliptical sorter, large storage hoppers and a fully automated horizontal baler to automatically separate, store, compact and bale reclaimed newsprint, old corrugated containers and other recycled paper and packaging, aluminum, steel, glass and plastic. Materials processed at the facility are then transported to domestic and international basic material manufacturers for producing recycled products.

“Sonoco has invested nearly $5 million in developing a fully automated materials recycling facility that the Raleigh area can be proud of,” said Myles Cohen, vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s Recovered Paper Division.

The new facility is situated on a 17-acre site in southeast Raleigh.

In addition to providing material recovery services for the Raleigh area, Sonoco’s Paper Stock Dealers is developing a community education and outreach program that is focused on teaching area students the importance of participating in the community’s recycling efforts.

“We are in the process of building a classroom and demonstration displays at the facility to be used to teach our community’s youth the importance of recycling at home and school,” said Jim Foster, Raleigh MRF plant manager.

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