"This new recycling facility is one of the first to be constructed at a landfill with the primary mission of diverting waste destined for land disposal," said Jim Brown, vice president, Sonoco Recycling. "We are capturing materials that previously held no value for customers and returning them to the manufacturing stream to make products that consumers use every day."
"Few facilities exist to accept unsorted industrial and commercial waste destined for landfills," said Fletcher Kelly, vice president of Shoosmith Brothers Inc. "By recovering and repurposing this waste to alternative end uses, we're not only generating additional revenue, but lengthening the life of our landfills."
The recycling facility, operated by Sonoco Recycling on behalf of Shoosmith Brothers, will serve commercial and industrial customers in the Greater Richmond area as well as regionally. As diversion efforts expand, the economic impact of the facility will be visible in various ways, including the ultimate creation of up to a 20 percent increase in new jobs.
Sonoco Recycling is a recycling leader with locations and expertise worldwide. Annually, it collects more than 3 million tons of old corrugated containers, various grades of paper, metals and plastics. In addition, the Company has experts who provide secure, reliable and innovative recycling solutions to residential and commercial customers. Currently, Sonoco Recycling operates three material recovery facilities (MRFs) serving more than 125 communities in which curbside-collected residential and commercial materials are processed. The Company also operates recycling programs which identify waste reduction opportunities that reduce operating expenses for many of the largest consumer product companies in the U.S.