Juno® Technology: An Innovative Landfill Diversion Solution
David McConnell, Business Development Director – Juno® Technology, Georgia-Pacific
Much of the 170 million tons of waste that ends up in U.S. landfills or incinerators is paper, food waste and plastic that could be recycled and converted into energy. That isn’t happening today, largely because it’s contaminated or difficult to separate. Drawing on deep experience in recycling and paper making, Georgia-Pacific has spent the past 10 years developing a solution and recently completed its first Juno® Technology commercial installation near the Oregon coast. This process takes commercial waste from places like office buildings, restaurants, airports, stadiums and schools and recovers the valuable commodities. A pilot installation of Juno Technology has been in operation in Georgia since 2013. This pilot plant demonstrated the technology can divert at least 70% of what is processed that otherwise would have been buried or burned. The first commercial installation at Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Toledo, Oregon, is ramping up operations to process commercial waste, giving communities and waste generators options to move toward zero waste and lower their carbon footprint.
David McConnell Business Development Director – Juno® Technology Georgia-Pacific 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. David lives in the metro Atlanta area and holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University.