Allan Gerlat, News Editor

May 10, 2012

1 Min Read
Sonoco Recycling Facility Diverts 95 Percent of Landfill Waste

Sonoco Recycling LLC said its CorrFlex facility in Rural Hall, N.C., has diverted 95 percent of its waste from landfills.

The Hartsville, S.C.-based package recycling company said in a news release that last September employees at the fulfillment facility set a goal of achieving landfill-free status in two years, and formed a Team Green to reach the target. As a fulfillment facility the material mix frequently changes with customers, which presented a challenge. The team tracked landfill and recycling tonnage and monitored dumpster contents.

The plant’s temporary and multilingual work force represented another challenge, but bilingual container labeling helped on that front, Sonoco said. The employees also reused articles that are difficult or impossible to recycle.

The facility achieved the 95-percent level through a combination of recycling, reuse and waste-to-energy, the company said.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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