Georgia-Pacific seeks permit to operate recycling and recovery plant

Georgia-Pacific seeks permit to operate recycling and recovery plant

Company says it will use new technology designed to recover recyclables from municipal solid waste.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed issuing a solid waste material recovery facility permit to Georgia-Pacific Toledo LLC, part of Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific.

The proposed recycling plant, called the GP Toledo Material Recovery Facility, appears equipped to further GP’s research into its Juno technology, which is being designed in part to recover and consume mixed paper.

The company’s proposed facility will be located at GP Toledo’s paper mill in Toledo, Oregon, according to a request for comments document issued by the Oregon DEQ on Nov. 26, 2018.

The system deployed by GP “will test and demonstrate a new technology with the ability to recover recyclables from solid waste otherwise destined for landfills,” the DEQ document states.

Adds the DEQ, “The system utilizes a proprietary process that sanitizes the feedstock and separates paper fiber from the other commodities inherent to the feedstock stream. The fiber will be recycled for use in the Toledo Mill's containerboard production, and other key recyclables from the feedstock will be diverted to recycling outlets. All remaining solid waste will be sent to an off-site permitted disposal site.”

The permit prohibits the acceptance of certain materials in the facility, including used tires, certain electronic devices, lead acid batteries and used oil. The deadline for comments sent to the DEQ regarding the application is Dec. 26, 2018.