Welcome, Juno!

In Roman mythology, the goddess Juno is the ‘protector of Earth.’ A Georgia-Pacific research team has spent more than ten years developing a process to take mixed waste from office buildings, restaurants, airports, stadiums and schools, and recycling up to 90% of that waste. So the name Juno® was chosen for the new technology helping to protect the planet’s resources.

“This new recycling process helps us capture paper fiber that today can’t be effectively recycled and has the potential to divert from landfills and incinerators up to 90 percent of the material processed,” explains Georgia-Pacific’s Dr. Franz Cosenza. “In addition, Juno operates with minimal carbon emissions. It is not incineration—it is a steam-based process that sanitizes and breaks down materials that can be more easily sorted for reuse.”

Toledo’s Georgia-Pacific mill east of Newport is Oregon’s largest recycler, reusing nearly 500,000 tons of old corrugated containers a year, and turning them into containerboard for new boxes. Juno Technology was initially a pilot project developed at a Georgia-Pacific facility in the Southeast. So, two years ago there was much excitement when Toledo’s GP mill was selected to be Juno’s first commercial location.

The new facility has been completed, and the company has received its final operating permits. Equipment start-up and small-scale testing have begun. Ten new full-time jobs have been created at the site, which is expected to be at full production by the end of this year.

GP has also partnered with the Dahl Disposal company to help with material handling and delivery for Juno. At its transfer facility in Toledo, Dahl has hired three full-time employees to support the project, and has installed new baling and wrapping equipment to prepare material for processing at Juno. Central Lincoln crews recently energized Dahl’s new equipment in preparation for the project. “It’s great to see the Juno project ramping up,” says Central Lincoln’s General Manager Randy Grove. “It’s a win for the environment and our local economy.”

The Juno system is designed for commercial waste that typically can’t be recycled because of food contamination and plastic coatings. Waste material for Juno to process in Toledo is being sourced from around the West Coast. Georgia-Pacific will capture the paper fiber to make containerboard, and other recovered materials can be sent to their respective recycling streams.

“Juno positions Toledo and Lincoln County at the forefront of sustainability innovation,” said Dr. Cosenza, the manager of the Juno facility who holds a Ph.D. in engineering and is a longtime resident of Newport. “We are grateful to the community for supporting this transformative initiative.”

Learn more about Juno at juno.gppackaging.com.