What the Juno® Project is..
Juno’s mission is to increase recycling and recovery of materials that are currently wasted. We have chased this mission by designing a process of recycling residential and commercial waste that have historically gone to landfill or incineration. By using our background in paper recycling, we took an approach that sanitizes waste and removes what has typically been viewed as contaminants to harvest valuable recyclables from waste. We view success as creating a project that can divert up to 90% of waste from landfills to help communities achieve recycling goals.
Expansion into the United Kingdom
The project is located between Peterborough and Whittlesey in an industrial area along the A605 highway. The site will be approximately 18–21 acres.
Juno is a proven technology. Our commercial scale plant in Oregon has been operating for 2 years proving that our key differing technology could scale. Juno was developed in-house at Georgia-Pacific to find additional recycled paper sources for our papermills. The solution we created ended up being good at recycling other materials too and grew into a larger solution that we are now taking globally to help communities reach their recycling goals.
At its heart Juno uses an autoclave built and operated uniquely to prepare waste for something we have decades of experience in, which is a wet separation process. This combination of a Juno Clave and our wet separation allows us to achieve a couple key goals. The Juno Clave:
- Sanitizes the waste
- Pulps the paper fibers
- Solubilizes the food waste
- Separates the food waste from paper fibers, and both the food and paper from the remaining materials.
The solubilized food goes to anaerobic digestion which creates a biogas we can use to operate the Juno Clave
The paper fiber pulp is baled and can be sent to papermills to be turned into a variety of paper products. For example, our Oregon facility turns that fiber into cardboard boxes that can be shipped all over the world.
After the wet separation process we use standard recycling equipment such as magnets, eddycurrents, ballistic separators, optical sorting, and other tools to pull recyclable materials like metals and plastics that can be sent for recycling.
Juno will employ between 65 and 75 people long term, but the nature of this plant will create jobs in other sectors indirectly supporting Juno and other recycling activities.
Electricity to the Grid
Increase Recycling Rate
A standard Juno Technology run recovers Juno™ Fiber – recycled paper fibers that can be turned back into food-safe paper-based packaging. These fibers typically represent around 20% of the waste stream. Through SCS Global, facilities that process and use Juno Fiber can become certified. Becoming Juno Fiber Certified supports landfill diversion and promotes circularity of previously landfilled waste.
Who is Georgia-Pacific?
Georgia-Pacific (“GP”) is an American pulp and paper company based in Atlanta, GA with nearly 100 years of experience in the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, and building products businesses. Recycling has been a part of our business for decades and was at the heart of creating the Juno Technology. Driven by a mission to increase recycling and recovery of paper materials we have honed this technology over 10 years of research and development.
More recently, Juno started a commercial scale facility using the Juno Technology in May of 2021 in Toledo, Oregon, USA. In the first year of operations, Juno increased the local community’s recycling rate by 280%. This was achieved without changing how waste was separated in homes and businesses or changing how the waste was collected by the local waste hauliers.
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