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Sonoco Recycling upgrades Columbia MRF facility

DBR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2012

Sonoco Recycling has invested $4m on its Columbia materials recovery facility (MRF) to accept additional types of materials such as composite cans, glass, paper and other types of plastics.

The company has added three sorting screens for corrugated cardboard and paper sorting, an optical sorter to retrieve plastic and a new glass crusher to the facility.

The move allows Richland County residents to recycle more of their household materials.

Global Rigid Paper and Closures division marketing manager Derek Trader said that Sonoco provides composite can packaging for products such as coffee or Pringles potato crisps.

"The ability to both produce and recycle this item is exciting for us and further demonstrates the Company's commitment to sustainable business practices," he added.

The facility is still unable to accept tissue paper, paper plates and cups, waxed cardboard, plastic bags and films, containers that have held toxic substances, metal lids on glass or plastic items, glass cups or plates, window glass or ceramics.

Sonoco Recycling currently operates six MRFs and serves nearly 150 communities in which curbside-collected residential and commercial materials are processed.

The company collects around three million tons of old corrugated containers, various grades of paper, metals and plastics annually.

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