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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Juno® Technology?
Georgia-Pacific’s Juno® Technology is a patented waste recovery technology that has the potential to divert up to 90 percent of the commercial and residential waste it processes – diverting waste from landfills and recapturing materials for beneficial reuse. Not only is Juno able to reclaim previously un-recyclable materials, but it can also turn food waste into renewable biogas, and each ton of waste processed through a Juno facility represents up to a one-ton net reduction CO2 emissions.*
The process takes municipal solid waste currently going to landfills from select residential waste streams as well as 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 paper-making 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 un-recyclable 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.
*Estimated through the GaBi model and it’s CO2e impact was applied to WARM model 15 output 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.
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 has been researching better ways to recover more fiber and reusable resources for more than 10 years. We’ve now proven 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 completed constuction in early 2021 of our first commercial processing unit in the Pacific Northwest. We are continuing our work and conversations to commercialize this waste solution in cities around the globe.
Where is the waste coming from/going to?
The first commercial unit at our Toledo, Oregon, container board mill accepts residential and commercial waste from the Pacific Northwest. We evaluated 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.