Sonoco Recycling honors North Carolina city for recycling achievements

Durham, N.C., collects more than 1,000 tons of recyclables per month.

April 8, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I

Sonoco Recycling LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the packaging company Sonoco, headquartered in Hartsville, S.C., has named the city of Durham, N.C., a bronze-tier Sonoco Sustainability Star Award winner for significant recycling achievements. The city was recently named a Top 10 Recycling Community by Energy Digital

Rodger Fuller, group vice president of Sonoco Recycling, says, "This is the fourth time the City of Durham has been recognized for its recycling programs as a top recycling community. We're honored to have helped them reach this milestone in their recycling journey and are pleased to present them with a much-deserved sustainability star award."

Currently, Sonoco Recycling processes more than 1,000 tons per month of material from Durham. Additionally, the city sponsors between three-four electronic scrap and shredding events each year.
The Sustainability Star Award program is composed of three tiers:

  • Gold Star Awards, which recognize facilities that have achieved 99 percent landfill diversion;
  • Silver Star Recognition, which is awarded to facilities achieving 95 percent landfill diversion; and
  • Bronze Awards, recognizing facilities and programs that have made significant waste reduction achievements.

Past Winners of Sonoco’s Sustainability Star Award include:


  • Boeing South Carolina, North Charleston, S.C.
  • Cascades Sonoco, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Fruit of the Loom, Palmetto Distribution Center, Summerville, S.C.
  • Kraft Foods, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Kraft Foods, LeHigh Valley, Pa.
  • Kraft Foods, Suffolk, Va.
  • P&G, Auburn, Maine
  • Sonoco Display and Packaging, Rural Hall, S.C.
  • Sonoco Display and Packaging, York, Pa.
  • Sonoco Rigid Paper and Closures, West Chicago, Ill.
  • Unilever, Suffolk, Va.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Opp, Ala.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Delta, British Columbia
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, West Chicago, Ill.
  • Sonoco Plastics, Hanover, Pa.


  • Sonoco Display and Packaging, Winston Salem, N.C.  
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Neenah, Wis.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Hartsville, S.C.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Elon, N.C.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Robesonia, Pa.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Pittsfield, Maine
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Akron, Ind.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Morganfield, Ky.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Berthoud, Colo.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Boone, Iowa
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, City of Industry, Calif.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, Woodland, Wash.
  • Sonoco Tubes and Cores, St. John, Neb.


  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) Annual Event, Charleston, S.C., commercial customers.