Juno® Technology: An Innovative Landfill Diversion Solution
David McConnell, Business Development Manager – Juno® Technology, Georgia-Pacific
Every year approximately 2 billion tons of waste – 170 million tons in the U.S. alone – ends up in landfills or incinerators. Much of this is paper and plastic that could be recycled but isn’t because it’s contaminated or difficult to separate.
Georgia-Pacific has developed a disruptive solution to help address this global problem: Juno® Technology.
Drawing on their years of experience in paper recycling, they have developed a process that takes waste from places like office buildings, restaurants, airports, stadiums and schools — and processes it into valuable commodities.
A Juno Technology pilot plant has been in operation in Georgia since 2013 and the first commercial installation is being built at GP’s paper mill in Toledo, Oregon.
Georgia-Pacific will explain how Juno diverts at least 70% of what we are presently burying and burning and how the technology provides communities and waste generators with options to move toward zero waste and lower their carbon footprint.
David McConnell joined Georgia-Pacific in 2019 to bring his waste industry expertise to the commercial development of Juno® Technology. He is responsible for creating opportunities for this new recycling technology that processes mixed commercial waste to capture paper fiber, metals and plastics for their respective markets, can convert food to biogas, and ultimately diverts 70% to 90% of material processed from landfills.
He brings to this initiative more than 25 years of experience in the solid and hazardous waste industry across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Before joining Georgia-Pacific, David worked for Enerkem as vice president, business development in North America. He spent most of his career at Waste Management in roles including vice president of supply chain and area vice president overseeing financial and operations in North Florida and Puerto Rico.
David lives in the metro Atlanta area and holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University.